Sunday, February 7, 2016

Garden of Life Shake Recall

There is only one recall for you today, Sisters and Brothers. But it is the sort of product many of you might use from time to time. Once again this is our old nemesis Salmonella in action. What is Salmonella? This is what happens when sanitation is not a priority in food services and food production because the bacteria is in the feces of humans and animals. If you think regulations are stupid, think about eating or drinking feces. Doesn't that sound yummy? NOT!

Salmonella can not show up in a food or drink item at production time because the bacteria has to grow but this product is raw and that means there will be time for such bacterial growth between any company shipping it out and you using it.

----------------FDA Announcement Below with commentary by Me----------------

Garden of Life LLC is voluntarily withdrawing a limited quantity of its Raw Meal Organic Shake and Meal (in) Chocolate, Original, Vanilla and Vanilla Chai  (varieties) because they have the potential to contain Salmonella Virchow. 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: (Read it carefully please, Sisters and Brothers. I've added in line breaks to make it easier for you.)

PRODUCT NAME  Lot Number   Exp Date

RAW Organic Meal 10 CNT Tray 47214800 9/12017

RAW Organic Meal Chocolate Full Size 47198800 9/1/17

RAW Organic Meal Full Size 47214600 9/1/17

RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Chai Full Size 47215500 9/1/17

RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Chai Full Size 47215501 9/1/17

RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Full Size 47216100 9/1/17

RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Full Size 47225500 9/1/17

RAW Organic Meal Chocolate Full Size 47225900 9/1/17

RAW Organic Meal Chocolate Full Size 47249200 9/1/17

RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Chai 10 CNT Tray 47183201 9/30/17

RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Full Size 47198601 9/30/17

RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Chai Half Size 47206000 9/30/17

RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Full Size 47225600 9/30/17

RAW Organic Meal Half Size 47225800 9/30/17

RAW Organic Meal Chocolate Half Size 47226200 9/30/17

RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Half Size 47226400 9/30/17

RAW Organic Meal Full Size 47236000 9/30/17

RAW Organic Meal Vanilla 10 CNT Tray 47248000 9/30/17

RAW Organic Meal Full Size 47248901 9/30/17

RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Full Size 47253900 9/30/17

RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Half Size 47257401 9/30/17

RAW Organic Meal Chocolate Full Size 47226000 10/1/17

RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Full Size 47216200 10/31/17

RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Full Size 47225601 10/31/17

RAW Organic Meal Chocolate Full Size 47226100 10/31/17

RAW Organic Meal Chocolate Half Size 47226201 10/31/17

RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Chai Full Size 47226300 10/31/17

RAW Organic Meal Full Size 47246500 10/31/17

RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Chai Full Size 47247600 10/31/17

RAW Organic Meal Chocolate Half Size 47247800 10/31/17

“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.

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