Lyons Magnus, the maker of numerous nutritional and beverage products, has voluntarily recalled multiple types of food and beverage products because of potential Cronobacter sakazakii pollution. To date, no illness or complaints related to the products have been reported, according to the July 29 announcement from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the FDA.
Cronobacter is a germ that can live in very dry places, and it has been found in dry foods, such as infant formula and powdered milk. The bacteria can cause severe bloodstream infections (sepsis) or meningitis, an inflammation of the membranes that protect the brain and spine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Although Cronobacter infections are very rare, they can occur in anyone, and some groups are at higher risk for a serious infection. Infants younger than 2 months old, infants born prematurely, and infants with weakened immune systems are more likely to be sickened by Cronobacter. None of the products included in this recall are intended for infants (people under the age of 1), according to the FDA statement.
People 65 and older and people with compromised or weakened immune systems can also be at higher risk. In adults, symptoms of the infection can include fever, vomiting, and urinary tract infection (UTI).
According to a preliminary root-cause analysis, the potential contamination was caused by a failure to meet commercial sterility specifications, per the statement.
The recall includes a variety of beverages, liquid coffee, pediatric nutritional supplements, protein shakes, nutritional shakes, and thickened liquids sold under several brand names, including Oatly, Stumptown, Glucerna, Intelligentsia, Aloha, Kate Farms, and Premier Protein.
A complete list of recalled products and lot numbers can be found in a statement issued by the company. Lot codes can be found at the top of individual sold cartons or the side of the case for multi-carton cases. Images of the recalled products can be found on the FDA site.
People should dispose of the potentially contaminated products or return them to the place of purchase for a refund. Consumers with questions about the recall can call 800-627-0557.
Cronobacter was also the focus of a baby formula recall announced in February 2022. The manufacturer of the formula in question, Abbott Laboratories, voluntarily shut down facilities to implement corrective actions to ensure compliance with the law and sanitation regulations.