Garden of Life brand Raw Meal Organic Shake & Meal Replacements imported from the United States are being recalled by the New Zealand importers as these products may contain Salmonella.
Garden of Life has 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 affected.
Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhoea, 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.
The full list of products (various flavours and sizes) affected by this recall can be found on the United States Food and Drug Administration official website:
The affected products are sold in the following outlets:
- Auckland: Wise Cicada Store and IE Produce
- Tauranga: Bethlehem Health and Wild Herbs
- Whangarei: Putiputi Ra Organics
- Nationwide: Wise Cicada website
This recall does not affect any other products imported to New Zealand by Wise Cicada Ltd or Living Foods Lifestyle NZ Ltd.
What to do
If you have any of these products, check the underside of the plastic tub to see if the date mark and batch code is covered by the recall. Affected products shouldn't be consumed. If you've consumed any of these products and have concerns about illness, seek medical advice. Customers should return the products to their retailer.
Anyone who may have purchased an affected product from elsewhere, including online sales, should stop consuming the product and contact their supplier or retailer.
Who to contact
If you have questions about products supplied by Living Foods Lifestyle NZ Ltd to the retailers listed in the recall, contact Living Food Lifestyle NZ Ltd:
Phone: 09 427 5065
If you have questions about products purchased from Wise Cicada Ltd, contact:
Phone: 09 529 9529