The explanation for the recall is the “potential for microbial contamination, including from the organism Cronobacter sakazakii“, according to a press release written by the company.
Although infection with the bacteria is generally rare, symptoms of the disease can include vomiting, fever and urinary tract infection, Lyons Magnus wrote in his statement. The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment from CNBC Make It.
“To date, no illnesses or complaints related to these products have been reported,” according to Lyons Magnus. But, a preliminary root cause analysis revealed that the products did not meet commercial sterility specifications, he added.
Cronobacter is a germ that can live in dry places, and it has been found in many dry foods, according to the CDC. Babies can die from Cronobacter infections and infections caused by the bacteria can lead to serious problems for older people and people whose bodies are fighting germs – including people with HIV, organ transplants or cancer, according to the agency .
The most popular of the recalled brands has experienced a significant increase in sales over the past several years. Oatly’s sales grew 88% globally in 2019 with revenue of $206 million, according to the company’s sustainability report obtained by Food Dive. This year, Oatly raked in $178 million in revenue for its second quarter of 2022 alone, according to its website. And with more people staying home in 2020, Stumptown saw a 200% increase in online coffee bean sales, reports Forbes.
Widespread use of their products could make removing them from stores and ensuring consumers don’t use them difficult enough.
If you’re wondering which of the recalled beverages might already be in your fridge, here’s a list of the most popular:
- Oatly: Oat-Milk Barista Edition, slim cartons of 12 units
- Stumptown: Cold brew coffee with oat milk, original. Cold brew coffee with oat milk, horchata. Cold brew coffee with oat milk, chocolate. Cold brew coffee with cream and chocolate sugar. Cold brew coffee with cream and sugar, original
- Premier Protein: Chocolate – 12-count, 18-count. Vanilla – 4 beats, 12 beats, 15 beats, 18 beats. Cafe Latte – 4 stroke, 18 stroke
Other brands whose products have been recalled include Aloha, Glucerna, Imperial, Intelligentsia, Kate Farms, Lyons Barista Style, Lyons Ready Care, MRE and Pirq. Following the announcement of the recalls, consumers of the products took to Twitter to voice their concerns:
Oatly’s recall may be limited to seven batches made at a single site in April, according to a response from Oatly’s Twitter account to a concerned consumer:
Currently, people are advised not to consume the recalled products and to discard any that are already in their possession, according to the FDA. Customers can also return products they have to the original store of purchase for a refund, Lyons Magnus says.
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