Oat Milk, Protein Shakes, and Coffee Among 53 Drinks Recalled Due to Possible Contamination

published Aug 1, 2022
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A glass of oat milk on a wooden tray with a bowl of oats in the background
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If you’ve recently jumped on the oat milk train — as many have done in recent years — you may want to hold off on picking some up during your next store run. Food service industry leader Lyons Magnus recently recalled 53 nutritional and beverage products containing oat milk due to the potential for microbial contamination, specifically from microorganism cronobacter sakazakii. Preliminary root cause analysis shows that the products did not meet commercial sterility specifications.

Chances are, you’re familiar with some of the recalled products, which include items under brand names like Oatly, Premier Protein, Glucerna, and Stumptown. For a comprehensive list of all products involved in the recall, you can check the FDA’s website, where you can also find a list of affected UPCs, Lot Codes, and Best By dates of the affected products. 

These products were distributed nationally, although for some, only certain locations were impacted. For example, Glucerna products were exclusively sold at Costco, BJ’s Wholesale Club, and Sam’s Club locations.

While cronobacter sakazakii can be particularly harmful in infants, the list of recalled products do not include those intended for infants (under the age of one). The FDA notes, however, that while infection is rare, symptoms could include vomiting, fever, or urinary tract infection, and the immunocompromised are at greater risk. Although no illnesses were reported at the time of recall, if you have any of these products, you will want to discard them immediately — or return them to their place of purchase for a full refund. 

Oat milk is a leading alternative non-dairy option. For those of you looking for a temporary alternative without the risk of contamination, try making your own.