Barbara's Beat: Salmonella outbreak due to RAW MealOrganic Shake and Meal Replacement products

Friday, February 12, 2016

Salmonella outbreak due to RAW Meal
Organic Shake and Meal Replacement products


What is the problem and what is being done about it?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local officials are investigating a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Virchow. The epidemiological and laboratory evidence available at this time suggests that RAW Meal Organic Shake and Meal Replacement products manufactured by Garden of Life LLC of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida are a likely source of this outbreak.

According to the CDC, 11 people were infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Virchow in nine states, including Minnesota (2), New Jersey (2), New Mexico (1), Ohio (1), Oklahoma (1) Oregon (1), Tennessee (1), Utah (1), and Wisconsin (1). One person has been hospitalized. There have been no deaths reported.

Ten people interviewed reported consuming powdered supplements or meal replacement powders in the week before illness onset, and all 10 reported consuming Garden of Life RAW Meal products. 

RAW Meal Organic Shake and Meal Replacement recall
On Jan. 29, Garden of Life LLC voluntarily recalled RAW Meal Organic Shake and Meal Replacement chocolate, original, vanilla, and vanilla chai products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella Virchow. On Feb. 1, the Utah Public Health Laboratory confirmed that Salmonella was isolated from an open container of Garden of Life RAW Meal organic shake product collected from a case patient. 

Oregon health officials also reported on Feb. 1, that Salmonella was isolated from a different open container of Garden of Life RAW Meal product collected from a different case patient. Testing is being conducted for both samples to determine the specific pattern(s) of Salmonella isolated from the product. 



On Feb. 12, Garden of Life expanded its recall to include additional lots of RAW Meal Organic Shake and Meal Replacement Chocolate, Original, Vanilla, and Vanilla Chai products because an ingredient used in these lots has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The FDA is working with the firm to facilitate this recall.


 
This investigation is ongoing. The FDA will continue to provide updates on the investigation as they become available.
 
What are the signs and symptoms of Salmonella?
Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment.



How soon do symptoms appear after exposure? 
Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. 


What are the complications of Salmonella infections?
In some people, the diarrhea may be so severe that they need to be hospitalized. In these patients, the Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the blood stream, and then to other body sites and can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics.


Who is at risk?
Some people are at greater risk for foodborne illness. These susceptible groups include:

  • Pregnant women
  • Young children
  • Older adults
  • People whose immune systems are compromised
  • People who have decreased stomach acidity
Children are the most likely to get salmonellosis. The rate of diagnosed infections in children less than 5 years of age is higher than the rate in all other people. Children younger than 5 years of age, the elderly, and those people with weakened immune systems are more likely to have severe infections. It is estimated that approximately 400 people in the United States die each year with acute salmonellosis.



What specific products were recalled?
The following Garden of Life raw organic meal products were recalled on Jan. 29.

PRODUCT NAME
Lot Number
Exp Date
RAW Organic Meal 10 CNT Tray
47214800
9/1/17
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

 
The following Garden of Life raw organic meal products were recalled on Feb. 12.



Item Description
Lot Number
 UPC
Sachet  UPC
Exp Date
RAW Organic Meal Chocolate 10 CNT Tray
47200200
658010116114
658010116107
8/1/2017
RAW Organic Meal Chocolate Full Size
47215800
658010115933

8/1/2017
RAW Organic Meal Chocolate Full Size
47243600
658010115933

8/1/2017
RAW Organic Meal Chocolate Half Size
47198400
658010116954

8/1/2017
RAW Organic Meal Full Size
47222300
658010114141

8/1/2017
RAW Organic Meal Full Size
47248900
658010114141

8/1/2017
RAW Organic Meal Half Size
47225700
658010116961

8/1/2017
RAW Organic Meal Half Size
47198700
658010116961

8/1/2017
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Chai 10 CNT Tray
47183200
658010116428
658010116435
8/1/2017
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Chai Half Size
47215400
658010116947

8/1/2017
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Chai Half Size
47202000
658010116947

8/1/2017
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Full Size
47200100
658010116022

8/1/2017
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Full Size
47198600
658010116022

8/1/2017
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Half Size
47198500
658010116930

8/1/2017
RAW Organic Meal Chocolate Full Size
47200000
658010115933

8/31/2017
RAW Organic Meal Chocolate Half Size
47243000
658010116954

8/31/2017
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Chai Full Size
47215600
658010116046

8/31/2017
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Full Size
47202100
658010116022

8/31/2017
RAW Organic Meal Chocolate Full Size
47247700
658010115933

11/30/2017
RAW Organic Meal Chocolate Half Size
47247801
658010116954

11/30/2017
RAW Organic Meal Chocolate Half Size
47257001
658010116954

11/30/2017
RAW Organic Meal Full Size
47246501
658010114141

11/30/2017
RAW Organic Meal Half Size
47269900
658010116961

11/30/2017
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla 10 CNT Tray
47275400
658010116138
658010116121
11/30/2017
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Chai Full Size
47247601
658010116046

11/30/2017
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Full Size
47225602
658010116022

11/30/2017
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Half Size
47273200
658010116930

11/30/2017
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Half Size
47247900
658010116930

11/30/2017
RAW Organic Meal Chocolate Full Size
47256902
658010115933

12/31/2017
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Full Size
47257100
658010116022

12/31/2017
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Half Size
47287600
658010116930

12/31/2017
  

What Do Retailers Need To Do?
Retailers should not sell or serve any of the recalled products.


What Do Consumers Need To Do?
Consumers should not consume any of the recalled products manufactured by Garden of Life LLC. If they have any such products, they should dispose of them in the garbage or return the unused portion of the product to the place of purchase for a refund. The recalled products were sold nationwide in retail stores and online.

If you are unsure of your risk, ask your healthcare provider.
Consumers should always practice safe food handling and preparation measures. Wash hands, utensils, and surfaces with hot, soapy water before and after handling food. If more specific information becomes available FDA and CDC will share it with the public as appropriate, along with any steps consumers can take to prevent illnesses.



Who Should be Contacted?
People who think they might have become ill from eating RAW Meal Organic Shake and Meal Replacement products should talk to their health care providers.

People with questions may call the Garden of Life Retail Support Team 1-866-211-9058 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday. 

The FDA encourages consumers with questions about food safety to call 1-888-SAFEFOOD Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Eastern time, or to consult the FDA website.

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