Lyons-Magnus, the parent company of Oatly and other brands, recalled products including a variety of oat milk, as well as protein shakes, coffee creamers and coffee drinks.
In recent months, common foods like Jif peanut butter and strawberries have been recalled. Now some people are wondering if oat milk is the latest item to throw away.
Beverage company Lyons-Magnus, whose products include Oatly oat milk and Premier protein shakes, announced on July 29 a recall of some of its products due to “potential microbial contamination.” Following the announcement, Google searches for oat milk recalls and symptoms of possible contamination spiked.
VERIFY viewer Melanie has emailed asking if there has been an oat milk recall and, if so, which brand or brands have been recalled.
Here’s what to know and how to check if you have affected product.
Is there an oat milk recall?
Yes, there is a recall for one flavor of Oatly brand oat milk. Oatly’s contractor, Lyons-Magnus, has recalled over 50 products, including protein shakes, coffee drinks and cream.
Lyons-Magnus, an Oatly contract manufacturing partner, recalled 53 products on July 29 “due to the possibility of microbial contamination.” These include the Barista Edition of Oatly brand oat milk, which is sold to both professional baristas and everyday grocery store consumers.
While none of Oatly’s other oat milk products have been recalled, a few other Lyons-Magnus products have been recalled. The best before dates of the recalled products range from November 2022 to September 2023. Specific expiration dates and lot numbers can be found here.
As of August 2, no illnesses or complaints about the products have been reported, according to the FDA. But recalled products should still be discarded.
In a statement to VERIFY, Oatly said the company has urged retailers to discard potentially affected product “out of caution,” and said the batch was manufactured at the Lyons-Magnus Beloit, WI, facility in April 2022.
“Lyons-Magnus, one of our contract manufacturing partners, in cooperation with the FDA, has initiated a voluntary recall of certain products involving multiple brands, including ours,” the statement said. “It is important to note that this voluntary recall is very specific to our brand: it is limited to a single SKU, which will be manufactured in April 2022 and distributed primarily to hospitality partners.”
Here are the symptoms to look out for
According to the press release, which has since been reissued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Oatly’s oat milk barista edition was among 53 products suspected of being contaminated with an organism called Cronobacter sakazakii.
Cronobacter sakazakii is a bacterium that can be fatal to infants, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Infants can develop sepsis, serious bloodstream infection, and meningitis, and even infection of the protective membranes around the infant brain.
Although infection by Cronobacter sakazakii is believed to be rare, doctors and labs are not required to report cases to the state, making it difficult to track case outbreaks nationwide.
The CDC advises people to look for the following symptoms:
- Worsening of wounds where you may have had surgery
- urinary tract infection
- People over the age of 65 and those with a weakened immune system may experience potential bloodstream infection symptoms such as fatigue, body aches, high heart rate and rapid breathing
Lyons-Magnus stated in its press release that none of its recalled products are intended for infants and that no illnesses or medical conditions related to the recalled products have been reported. Lyons-Magnus said the products did not meet commercial sterility specifications, leading to their recall.
Here are the items affected by the recall:
- Premier Protein Shakes in the flavors chocolate, vanilla and café latte (330ml box)
- Oatly oat milk Barista Edition, (12 ct. 32 oz. in “Slim Packaging”)
- Plant-based Aloha protein shakes in the flavors coconut, chocolate, sea salt, vanilla and iced coffee (330ml box)
- intelligence Multiflavor Cold Coffee & Oat Latte (11oz Case)
- Glucerna Original in chocolate, strawberry and vanilla (24 ct. Club Case, 237ml. carton)
- Pirq vegetable protein in several flavors (4 and 12 ct., 325 ml. carton)
- Lyon barista style Dairy Free Drinks in Oat, Coconut & Almond (32oz Carton)
- Lyons Ready Care Thickened Milk Drink and Lyons Ready Care 2.0 High Calorie High Protein Nutritional Drink in Multiple Flavors (32oz Cartons)
- stump town Cold Brew Coffee with Oat Milk in Original, Chocolate, Horchata (12 oz. boxes) and Stumptown’s Cold Brew Coffee with Cream & Sugar in Original and Chocolate (12 oz. boxes)
- Kate Farms Pediatric Standard 1.2 in Vanilla (250ml carton)
- MRE protein shakes in milk chocolate, cookies and cream, salted caramel and vanilla milkshake flavors (330ml carton)
- Imperial Med Plus 2.0 Vanilla Nutritional Drink (12 ct., 32oz carton) Thickened milk drink in different flavors and MedPlus Nutritional Drink in different flavors
Click here to read the full list of products, lot numbers and expiration dates, and photos of brands affected by the FDA recall.
Consumers can identify the recalled products by finding the lot code and expiration date on the top of the carton for single drink cases or on the side of the carton for multi-carton cases. If you have a recalled product in your possession, you should dispose of it immediately or return it to the place of purchase for a refund.
If you have questions about the recall, call the Lyons 24-hour Callback Support Center at 1-800-627-0557.
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