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Whey Protein Recall Now Nationwide

Ten days after whey protein was recalled by Vitalabs of Jonesboro, GA, a New Jersey company has announced a nationwide recall of its whey protein products because of the possibility they may be contaminated with Salmonella.

On Monday, Universal Nutrition of New Brunswick recalled specific lot numbers for Gain Fast, LAVA, Real Gains, Super Whey Pro, Torrent, Ultra Mass 4500, Ultra Whey Pro and Uni-Syn because one ingredient, whey protein, has the potential to be contaminated.

The products were offered in all 50 states through health food stores, gyms, and Internet-based, e-commerce sites. There have been no reports of illnesses associated with the whey protein.

In a news release, Universal Nutrition said that although the manufacturer of the whey protein initiated the recall, some 40 tests performed by Universal Nutrition after it received the product were negative for Salmonella. 

Nevertheless, Universal Nutrition said it agreed to a voluntary recall as a precautionary measure. It also said the manufacturer of the whey protein has suspended shipments and is working with the Food and Drug Administration to address the matter.

Lot numbers involved in this recall are:

Universal Gain Fast, Vanilla Shake, 2.55 lb plastic bottle, Lot # 180104 with Exp. Date 02/10/2014, UPC 039442012159

Universal LAVA, Orange Slush, 2.75 lb plastic bottle, Lot # 180013 with Exp. Date 02/10/2014, UPC 039442011503

Universal Real Gains, Chocolate Ice Cream, 6.85 lb plastic bucket, Lot # 179922 A,  B with Exp. Date 02/01/2014, UPC 039442011992

Universal Super Whey Pro, Vanilla, 1 lb bag, Lot # 179881 with Exp. Date 02/01/2014, UPC 039442015945

Universal Torrent, Cherry Berry Blast, 3.28 lb plastic bottle, Lot # 180069 with Exp. Date 02/09/2014, UPC 039442048141

Universal Torrent, Green Apple Avalanche, 3.28 lb plastic bottle, Lot # 179883 with Exp. Date 02/07/2014, UPC 039442048165

Universal Torrent, Cherry Berry Blast, 6.1 lb plastic bottle, Lot # 180071 with Exp. Date 02/09/2014, UPC 039442048158

Universal Torrent, Green Apple Avalanche, 6.1 lb plastic bottle, Lot # 180072 with Exp. Date 02/10/2014, UPC 039442048172

Universal Torrent, Sour Citrus Rush, 6.1 lb plastic bottle, Lot # 180002 with Exp. Date 02/09/2014, UPC 039442048196

Universal Ultra Mass 4500, Vanilla Shake, 9.3 lb plastic bucket, Lot # 180100 B with Exp. Date 02/09/2014, UPC 039442013507

Universal Ultra Mass 4500, Chocolate Shake, 9.3 lb plastic bucket, Lot # 180099 B with Exp. Date 02/10/2014, UPC 039442013590

Universal Ultra Whey Pro, Cookies & Cream, 5 lb plastic bottle, Lot # 179951 with Exp. Date 02/07/2014, UPC 039442016126

Universal Uni-Syn, Strawberry, 76 g packet, Lot # 179911 A, B, C with Exp. Date February 2014, UPC 039442051783

Consumers who purchased any one of the affected lot numbers are asked to return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund or credit. Consumers with questions may contact Universal Nutrition directly at 732-545-3130, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Eastern Time.

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