Raw-Meal-recallAs of Feb. 17 there were 18 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Virchow in a multi-state outbreak linked by laboratory tests to Garden of Life’s powdered Raw Meal. The outbreak now involves 15 states scattered from coast to coast and from the Canadian to Mexican borders, according to an update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number of ill people identified in each state is as follows: Florida 1, Massachusetts 1, Maryland 1, Minnesota 2, New Jersey 2, New Mexico 1, North Carolina 1, Ohio 1, Oklahoma 1, Oregon 1, Rhode Island 1, Tennessee 1, Texas 1, Utah 2, and Wisconsin 1. Among people for whom information is available, illnesses started on dates ranging from Dec.5, 2015, to Feb. 3. Ill people range in age from 1 year to 76 years old, with a median age of 34. Fifty-six percent of ill people are male. Among 12 ill people with available information, four (33%) reported being hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported. In ongoing interviews, ill people answered questions about foods eaten and other exposures in the week before they became ill. Of the 14 ill people who have been interviewed, all 14 reported consuming Garden of Life Raw Meal products. The Utah Public Health Laboratory and Oklahoma Public Health Laboratory isolated the outbreak strain of Salmonella Virchow from open containers of Garden of Life Raw Meal collected from ill people’s homes in Utah and Oklahoma. Both products that were tested were from lots covered under the recalls announced by Garden of Life LLC. The Food and Drug Administration confirmed the presence of the outbreak strain of Salmonella Virchow in Organic Moringa Leaf powder used in Raw Meal Organic Shake & Meal Replacement products. On Feb. 12 Garden of Life LLC expanded a recall of its Raw Meal Organic Shake & Meal products available in chocolate, original, vanilla, and vanilla chai to include additional lots.   (To sign up for a free subscription to Food Safety News, click here.)