Food and beverage company Lyons-Magnus, whose products include Oatly oat milk and Premier protein shakes, announced a recall of some of its products on July 29 due to a "potential microbial contamination." After the announcement, Google searches about oat milk recalls and symptoms of possible contamination spiked.
VERIFY viewer Melanie emailed asking whether there’s been an oat milk recall, and if so, which brand or brands have been recalled.
Here’s what to know and how to check if you have any impacted products.
Is there an oat milk recall?
Yes, there is a recall for one type of Oatly brand oat milk. Oatly’s contract-manufacturing partner, Lyons-Magnus, has recalled over 50 products, including protein shakes, coffee drinks and creamers.
WHAT WE FOUND
Lyons-Magnus, a contract-manufacturing partner of Oatly, recalled 53 products on July 29 “due to the potential for microbial contamination.” That includes the Barista Edition of Oatly brand oat milk, which is sold both to professional baristas and everyday consumers at the grocery store.
While none of Oatly’s other oat milk products were recalled, some other products from Lyons-Magnus were recalled. The recalled products' best-by dates range from November 2022 to September 2023. For specific expiration dates and lot numbers, check here.
As of Aug. 2, no illnesses or complaints about the products have been reported, according to the FDA. But recalled products should still be thrown out.
In a statement to VERIFY, Oatly said the company requested retailers dispose of potentially affected products “out of an abundance of caution,” saying the batch was produced at the Lyons-Magnus Beloit, WI facility in April 2022.
“Lyons-Magnus, one of our contract manufacturing partners, has initiated a voluntary recall of certain products in cooperation with the FDA that involves several brands, including ours,” it read. “It is important to note that for our brand, this voluntary recall is very specific: it is limited to a single SKU, manufactured in April 2022, and primarily distributed to food service partners.”
Here are the symptoms to look out for
According to the press release, which has since been reposted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Oatly’s oat milk barista edition was among the 53 products potentially contaminated with an organism called Cronobacter sakazakii.
Cronobacter sakazakii is a bacteria that can be deadly for infants, older people and immunocompromised people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In infants, it can cause sepsis, a severe bloodstream infection, and meningitis as well as even an infection of protective membranes around the brain in infants.
While infection from Cronobacter sakazakii is believed to be rare, doctors and labs are not required to report cases to the state, making case outbreaks difficult to track nationally.
The CDC advises people to look for the following symptoms:
- Worsening of wounds where you may have had surgeries
- Urinary tract infections
- For those over the age of 65, and those who are immunocompromised, potential bloodstream infection symptoms such as fatigue, body aches, high heart rate and rapid breathing
Lyons-Magnus noted in its press release that none of its recalled products are intended for infants, and no illnesses or complaints related to the recalled products have been reported. Lyons-Magnus said the products did not meet commercial sterility specifications, which prompted their recall.
Here are the items affected by the recall:
- Premier Protein shakes in chocolate, vanilla and café latte flavors (330ml. carton)
- Oatly Oat-Milk Barista Edition, (12 ct. 32 oz. in “Slim Packaging”)
- Aloha plant-based protein shakes in coconut, chocolate sea salt, vanilla and iced coffee flavors (330ml. carton)
- Intelligentsia Cold Coffee and Oat Latte in multiple flavors (330ml. carton)
- Glucerna Original in chocolate, strawberry and vanilla (24 ct. club case, 237ml. carton)
- Pirq Plant Protein in multiple flavors (4 and 12 ct., 325 ml. carton)
- Lyons Barista Style non-dairy beverages in oat, coconut and almond (32oz carton)
- Lyons Ready Care Thickened Dairy Drink and Lyons Ready Care 2.0 High Calorie High Protein Nutritional Drink in multiple flavors (32oz cartons)
- Stumptown Cold Brew Coffee with Oat Milk in original, chocolate, horchata (325 ml.cartons) as well as Stumptown’s Cold Brew Coffee with Cream & Sugar in original and chocolate (325ml. carton)
- Kate Farms Pediatric Standard 1.2 in Vanilla (250ml. carton)
- MRE Protein Shakes in milk chocolate, cookies and cream, salted caramel,and vanilla milkshake flavors (330ml carton)
- Imperial Med Plus 2.0 Vanilla Nutritional Drink (12 ct.,32oz carton) Thickened Dairy Drink in various flavors, and MedPlus Nutritional Drink in various flavors
To read the full list of products, lot numbers and expiration dates, as well as photos of brands included in the recall from the FDA, click here.
Consumers can identify the recalled products by locating the lot code and best by date at the top of the carton for individual beverages or the side of the case for multi-carton cases. If you do have a recalled product in your possession, you should dispose of it immediately or return it to the place of purchase for a refund.
If you have questions about the recall, call Lyons' 24-hour Recall Support Center line at 1-800-627-0557.