Published on April 8th, 2012 | by Kim LaCapria0
Odwalla Issues ‘Allergy Alert’ Recall on Chocolate Protein Monster After Adverse Reactions
Although only a handful of consumers were sickened, health beverage maker Odwalla has issued an allergy alert due to the possibility of those allergic to peanuts or tree nuts reacting to a batch of Odwalla’s Chocolate Protein Monster.
In a press release, Odwalla indicates that 12-oz and 32-oz bottles of Chocolate Protein Monster bearing “enjoy by” dates prior to and including 23 MAY 2012 have been linked to “severe allergic reactions” in consumers allergic to peanuts or tree nuts, and that “people who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts and/or tree nuts may run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.”
According to the manufacturer, the units in question were distributed through both retail outlets and in food service over the past seven weeks, and a 10-pack of Odwalla variety beverages including Chocolate Protein Monster was sold at Costco and could be affected. The maker says that it is working with the Food Drug Administration, and notes that the product is not manufactured in a facility that processes peanut or tree nut ingredients:
“Odwalla has notified the FDA of these consumer reports and is working with FDA to investigate the cause of these allergic reactions. This beverage contains no peanut or tree nut ingredients, and the production facility where it is produced does not make any peanut-containing products. While we have found no evidence of peanuts or tree nuts in the product at this point, in an abundance of caution to safeguard consumers, Odwalla is recalling this product while continuing to investigate the cause of the reactions.”
Consumers have been advised to return unused Odwalla Chocolate Protein Monster from the affected batch to the original point of purchase for a full refund.