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Garden of Life Expands Voluntary Recall to Include Additional Lots of Raw Meal Products Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

For Immediate Release

February 13, 2016




Rhonda Price


Garden of Life LLC 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 because an ingredient used in certain lots of the product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella Virchow. 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. If you have symptoms or concerns, please talk to your doctor.

Garden of Life has requested that retailers remove the lots of Raw Meal from sale and that consumers check the lot number on their Raw Meal product and return any products involved in this recall to their point of purchase for a full refund.

After extensive testing of the product and its ingredients, and working in collaboration with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the manufacturer, suppliers and other third-party experts, the Company has now identified the likely source of Salmonella contamination to be Organic Moringa Leaf powder from a supplier used only in Raw Meal. Because other Garden of Life products containing Moringa use different suppliers, only Raw Meal is exposed.

Following is the list of lots affected added to this recall. Consumers can find the lot codes prominently stamped on the underside of the plastic container.

February 12, 2016 Recall Lots

Item DescriptionLot NumberUPCSachet UPCExp Date
RAW Organic Meal Chocolate 10 CNT Tray472002006580101161146580101161078/1/2017
RAW Organic Meal Chocolate Full Size47215800658010115933 8/1/2017
RAW Organic Meal Chocolate Full Size47243600658010115933 8/1/2017
RAW Organic Meal Chocolate Half Size47198400658010116954 8/1/2017
RAW Organic Meal Full Size47222300658010114141 8/1/2017
RAW Organic Meal Full Size47248900658010114141 8/1/2017
RAW Organic Meal Half Size47225700658010116961 8/1/2017
RAW Organic Meal Half Size47198700658010116961 8/1/2017
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Chai 10 CNT Tray471832006580101164286580101164358/1/2017
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Chai Half Size47215400658010116947 8/1/2017
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Chai Half Size47202000658010116947 8/1/2017
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Full Size47200100658010116022 8/1/2017
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Full Size47198600658010116022 8/1/2017
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Half Size47198500658010116930 8/1/2017
RAW Organic Meal Chocolate Full Size47200000658010115933 8/31/2017
RAW Organic Meal Chocolate Half Size47243000658010116954 8/31/2017
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Chai Full Size47215600658010116046 8/31/2017
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Full Size47202100658010116022 8/31/2017
RAW Organic Meal Chocolate Full Size47247700658010115933 11/30/2017
RAW Organic Meal Chocolate Half Size47247801658010116954 11/30/2017
RAW Organic Meal Chocolate Half Size47257001658010116954 11/30/2017
RAW Organic Meal Full Size47246501658010114141 11/30/2017
RAW Organic Meal Half Size47269900658010116961 11/30/2017
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla 10 CNT Tray4727540065801011613865801011612111/30/2017
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Chai Full Size47247601658010116046 11/30/2017
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Full Size47225602658010116022 11/30/2017
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Half Size47273200658010116930 11/30/2017
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Half Size47247900658010116930 11/30/2017
RAW Organic Meal Chocolate Full Size47256902658010115933 12/31/2017
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Full Size47257100658010116022 12/31/2017
RAW Organic Meal Vanilla Half Size47287600658010116930 12/31/2017

No other Garden of Life products are affected by this recall.

To prevent a recurrence of this issue, Garden of Life will remove Organic Moringa powder from Raw Meal and expects new Raw Meal products to be available in stores and through online retailers within the next few weeks.

“The health of our consumers matters more than anything to every Garden of Life employee,” said Brian Ray, Garden of Life’s President. “We are using this as an opportunity to review our entire sourcing, manufacturing and distribution system with an eye to making a safe system even better. We will always work to be the industry leader in food safety; we expect nothing less and know you do as well. You can expect to hear more from us on this topic going forward. On behalf of all of us, I apologize to everyone affected by this situation.”

ABOUT RAW MEAL: Raw Meal is sold at better health food stores, natural grocers and online. Consumers who have a Raw Meal product affected by this recall should stop consuming the product and if they wish 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 Monday-Friday between the hours of 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM EST to GOL Retail Support at the e mail and phone number below.

Original Press Release


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