Oatly Maker Recalls 53 Specialty Drinks Due to Contamination Risk


The recall includes Oatly’s Oat-Milk Barista Edition. An earlier version incorrectly identified it as almond milk.

The maker of Oatly and other specialty drinks has recalled 53 of its products due to possible microbial contamination, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

Fresno, California-based Lyons Magnus issued the voluntary recall after preliminary analysis showed it did not meet commercial benchmarks for sterility, raising the risk of contamination by Cronobacter sakazakii. Although no illnesses have been reported in connection with the problem, the agency advises against consuming either product.

The recall extends to several protein drinks, coffee products and other beverages, including Oatly’s Oat-Milk Barista Edition, Stumptown Cold Brew Coffee with Oat Milk and Aloha, plant-based protein drinks, as well as offerings from Lyons, Glucerna , Pirq, Intelligentsia, Kate Farms, Premier Protein, MRE and Imperial.

Although cronobacter infections are rare, vulnerable populations and immunocompromised individuals are more susceptible to the disease. Common symptoms include fever, vomiting, and urinary tract infection.

Cronobacter was found in infants who became ill or died after consuming formula from an Abbott factory in Michigan. Although the illnesses could not be traced back to the plant, and the company said the bacteria linked to the illnesses did not originate there, the factory was closed for months after the FDA cited unsanitary conditions, leading to a shortage of formula for babies across the country.

None of the products in the Lyons recall are intended for babies.

The FDA published a list of lot codes and specific product codes to identify recalled products, which were distributed nationally. More information can be found at fda.gov or by calling the company’s recall support line at 800-627-0557.

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