Oat almond milk among 53 products recalled due to bacterial infection

The maker of Oatly and other specialty beverages has issued a recall for 53 of its products due to possible microbial contamination, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

Fresno, California-based Lyons Magnus issued the voluntary recall after a preliminary analysis found they did not meet commercial sterility standards, increasing the risk of contamination of Cronobacter sakazakii. While no illnesses have been reported in connection with the problem, the agency does not recommend consuming any of the products.

The recall extends to several protein drinks, coffee products and other beverages, including Oatly’s Oat-Milk Barista Edition, Stumptown Cold Brew Coffee with Oat Milk, and Aloha plant-based protein drinks, as well as offerings from Lyons Ready Care, Lyons Barista Style, Pirq, Intelligentsia, Kate Farms, Premier Protein, MRE and Imperial.

Although Cronobacter infections are rare, vulnerable and immunocompromised people are more susceptible to disease. Common symptoms include fever, vomiting, and urinary tract infection.

Cronobacter was found in infants who became sick or died after consuming a formula from an Abbott plant in Michigan. Although the diseases could not be traced to the plant, and the company said the bacteria associated with the diseases did not come from there, the factory was closed for months after the FDA cited unsanitary conditions, leading to a nationwide shortage of baby food.

None of the products in the Lyons recall are intended for infants.

The FDA published a list of specific lot codes and product codes to identify the recalled products, which were distributed nationally. More information can be found at fda.gov or by calling the company’s recall support line at 800-627-0557.

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