Recall: Meal Replacements by Garden of Life

Recall of various Garden of Life Meal Replacement products, sold online and in retail stores, due to possible risk of Salmonella, which can cause more serious illness in people with diabetes.

Garden of Life LLC is voluntarily withdrawing a limited quantity of its Raw Meal Organic Shake and Meal Chocolate, Original, Vanilla and Vanilla Chai because they have the potential to contain Salmonella Virchow.
Recall of Garden of Living Meal Replacements Raw Meal
Even though Garden of Life routinely performs pathogen testing on every finished good lot to ensure safety and no product has ever tested positive for the presence of Salmonella, the company felt it was in the public’s best interest to take this voluntary action.

Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis. FDA is investigating illnesses.

Every lot tested negative for the presence of Salmonella prior to release to the market. Raw Meal products are distributed throughout the United States and sold at better health food stores and natural grocers.

Consumers who believe they may have a Raw Meal product affected by this recall, should look for the following lot codes prominently stamped on the underside of the plastic container. The following is the list of lots affected:

PRODUCT NAMELot NumberExp Date
RAW Organic Meal 10 CNT Tray472148009/12017
RAW Organic Meal Chocolate Full Size471988009/1/17
RAW Organic Meal Full Size472146009/1/17
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Chai Full Size472155009/1/17
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Chai Full Size472155019/1/17
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Full Size472161009/1/17
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Full Size472255009/1/17
RAW Organic Meal Chocolate Full Size472259009/1/17
RAW Organic Meal Chocolate Full Size472492009/1/17
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Chai 10 CNT Tray471832019/30/17
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Full Size471986019/30/17
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Chai Half Size472060009/30/17
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Full Size472256009/30/17
RAW Organic Meal Half Size472258009/30/17
RAW Organic Meal Chocolate Half Size472262009/30/17
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Half Size472264009/30/17
RAW Organic Meal Full Size472360009/30/17
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla 10 CNT Tray472480009/30/17
RAW Organic Meal Full Size472489019/30/17
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Full Size472539009/30/17
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Half Size472574019/30/17
RAW Organic Meal Chocolate Full Size4722600010/1/17
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Full Size4721620010/31/17
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Full Size4722560110/31/17
RAW Organic Meal Chocolate Full Size4722610010/31/17
RAW Organic Meal Chocolate Half Size4722620110/31/17
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Chai Full Size4722630010/31/17
RAW Organic Meal Full Size4724650010/31/17
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Chai Full Size4724760010/31/17
RAW Organic Meal Chocolate Half Size4724780010/31/17

“In an overabundance of caution we are taking this extreme measure because we want to ensure that you never have to wonder about the purity of any Raw Meal product.” said Brian Ray, President of Garden of Life.

Any Raw Meal product from a lot code not listed above is entirely safe and not affected by this recall. All Garden of Life, LLC’s products are manufactured in the United States at FDA and NSF audited facilities, in accordance with current Good Manufacturing Practices. No Garden of Life product has ever tested positive for salmonella.

If, however, a consumer has purchased a product from any of the lot codes listed above and wishes to return it, they should return the unused portion of the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Questions may be directed to the company at 1-866-465-0051, Monday-Friday between the hours of 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM EST.

Source: FDA

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