After identifying the likely source of the Salmonella contamination implicated in its product recall, Garden of Life has expanded the recall and removed the implicated ingredient from its product.
After extensive testing of the product and its ingredients, and working in collaboration with FDA, the manufacturer, suppliers and other third-party experts, the company has identified the likely source of Salmonella contamination to be Organic Moringa Leaf powder from a supplier used only in Raw Meal. Thus, the recall was expanded 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. Because other Garden of Life products containing Moringa use different suppliers, only Raw Meal is exposed.
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.
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.”
Visit FDA’s announcement page for a list of lots affected added to this recall. No other Garden of Life products are affected by this recall.