Garden of Life is expanding its January 29th voluntary recall to include additional lots of its Raw Meal Organic Shake & Meal Chocolate, Original, Vanilla and Vanilla Chai products. An ingredient used to make them may have been contaminated with Salmonella. To see a full list, click the preceding link.
Consumers who have purchased these products should not use them. The recalled products have been linked to a Salmonella outbreak that has sickened 11 people in nine states. The recalled products can be returned for a refund.
Health officials in Utah and Oregon isolated Salmonella from open containers of Garden of Life RAW Meal collected from ill people’s homes. Additional laboratory testing is ongoing to determine the DNA fingerprint of the Salmonella.
Illnesses reported from each state are as follows: Minnesota (2), New Jersey (2), New Mexico (1), Ohio (1), Oklahoma (1), Oregon (1), Tennessee (1), Utah (1), and Wisconsin (1). Those sickened, who range in age from 8 years to 76, reported onset of illness dates ranging from December 5, 2015 to January 21, 2016. One person has been hospitalized.
Symptoms of salmonellosis, which usually take between six and 72 hours to develop, include diarrhea, abdominal pain and fever, can last up to a week. For some patients, invasive infections causing blood stream infections, meningitis or death can occur. Those most at risk are children, seniors, pregnant women and those with compromised immunes systems.