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Protein Drinks Recalled for Botulism Risk

A Pennsylvania-based company is recalling several of its protein drinks because they may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacteria that can cause a life-threatening illness in humans when ingested.

Protica, Inc. of Whitehall, PA issued a voluntary recall of its Body Choice “Protein Shots,” Nutritional Resources “Protein Wave,” ProBalance “Protein to Go French Vanilla Latte” and “Protein to Go Milk Shake” Thursday after an on-site investigation revealed that they were being processed in a way that is not guaranteed to prevent the growth of Clostridium botulinum.

Toxins produced by this bacteria attack the nervous system and can cause paralysis and even death.

Products subject to the recall include:

– Protein to Go Milk Chocolate Shake, sold in a 2.5 oz. bottle, marked with the following:

Manufacture DateLot Number
2/9/12 PP0402 4109 A
2/9/12 PP0402 4109 B
2/9/12 PP0402 4109 C
2/9/12 PP0402 4109 D
2/9/12 PP0402 4109 E
2/9/12 PP0402 4109 F
2/9/12 PP0402 4109 G
2/13/12 PP0442 4113
2/16/12 PP0442 4115
3/29/12 PP0892 4121
4/12/12 PP1032 4131 A
4/12/12 PP1032 4131 B
4/25/12 PP1162 4134 B
4/25/12 PP1162 4134 C
4/25/12 PP1162 4134 A
5/3/12 PP1242 4139
5/8/12 PP1242 4140
6/7/12 PP1592 4145 B
6/7/12 PP1592 4145 A

– Protein to Go French Vanilla Latte, sold in a 2.5 oz. bottle, marked with the following:

Manufacture DateLot Number

9/8/2011 PP2511 4066 A
9/8/2011 PP2511 4066 B
10/11/2011 PP2841 4079
10/18/2011 PP2911 4086
12/6/2011 PP3401 4103
2/13/2012 PP0442 4112
4/2/2012 PP0932 4122
4/4/2012 PP0952 4125
4/11/2012 PP1022 4129
4/24/2012 PP1152 4133 A
4/24/2012 PP1152 4133 B
4/24/2012 PP1152 4133 C
5/1/2012 PP1222 4138 A
5/1/2012 PP1222 4138 B
5/1/2012 PP1222 4138 C
5/8/2012 PP1292 4141
6/8/2012 PP1592 4146 A
6/8/2012 PP1592 4146 B

– Nutritional Resources Protein Wave gelatin, served in a 6 oz. cup and marked with a manufacture date of May 03 2012 and lot number PP 1242 6123

– Body Choice Protein Shots, served in a 3 oz. vial and marked with a manufacture date of Dec 20, 2011 and lot number PP 3541 2924

Consumers who purchased any of the above products can return them to the place of purchase or to Protica for a full refund. Anyone with questions should call the company at 1-800-PROTICA (1-800-776-8422).

Symptoms of botulism (the illness caused by C. botulinum toxins) include general weakness, dizziness, double-vision, trouble speaking or swallowing, difficulty breathing, muscle weakness, abdominal distention and constipation.

If you think you may have botulism, contact your healthcare provider.

© Food Safety News
  • Marianne Frederick

    Can anyone tell me, are these products additives for any of the popular dietary supplement “nutritional shake mixes”, do you know?