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Posted March 24, 2016

27 Cases of Salmonella Infection Linked to Recalled Garden of Life Organic Shakes

On March 24, 2016, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that 27 cases of Salmonella infection, including five which required hospitalization, are now linked to recalled Garden of Life Raw Meal Organic Shake and Meal Replacement products. Garden of Life first issued a recall of some of the products on January 29, 2016. On February 12, 2016, the recall was expanded to include additional products. The company identified organic moringa leaf powder, an ingredient in the drinks, as the likely source of contamination.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Salmonella infection can produce 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. 

Infections associated with these products have been reported in 20 states in the U.S., including Alabama, California, Florida, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and West Virginia. The complete list of recalled products can be found on the FDA's website

See ConsumerLab.com's Review of Protein Powders and Drinks for tests of related products. 

See Related Warnings:

Garden Of Life Recall Expanded

Garden of Life Shakes and Meals Recalled Due to Salmonella Risk

For the complete update from the CDC, use the link below: