Warning as 2 Minnesotans get salmonella linked to organic shakes


Health officials in Minnesota are investigating an outbreak of salmonella that's been linked with potentially tainted meal replacement shakes.

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) issued an alert Friday, saying that two cases of salmonella have been reported since January 11 – one a child and the other a man in his 30s.

The cases are being linked to "Garden of Life Raw Meal Organic Shake & Meal Replacement," which on Friday issued a recall for a limited number of its "Raw Meal" products in chocolate, vanilla, original and vanilla chai flavors.

A full list of the products recalled and their code numbers can be found by clicking here, with the company saying there is potential for them to have been contaminated with the foodborne illness.

Minnesota health officials meanwhile have advised people not to eat any flavor of the shakes if bought after Nov. 1, 2015, or shakes with a "Best Used By" data of 09/2017 or later.

MDH said several matching salmonella cases in other states including Wisconsin, Tennessee, Oregon, New Jersey, New Mexico and Utah have been found, with patients having consumed Garden of Life products prior to falling ill.

The pair of Minnesotans who contracted salmonella poisoning were not hospitalized and have both fully recovered.

Between 700-900 cases of salmonella are reported in Minnesota each year. Symptoms usually begin between 12-72 hours after exposure and include diarrhea, abdominal pain and fever.

It usually resolves in around 7 days but about a quarter of cases require hospitalization, and very rarely it can lead to death.

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