The protein powders you are taking to stay healthy may be making you sick. Whey protein powders manufactured by Vitalabs under various names were voluntarily recalled due to potential contamination with Salmonella. This was announced by the FDA on March 10, 2011. I continually express concerns over the quality, safety and form of supplements my readers take and advise all of you to become educated consumers. Know your companies, be sure they are pharmaceutical grade, join watchdog organizations such as Consumer Labs and get advice from a professional. Here’s why:
Salmonella is a type of bacteria that can cause fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems the infection can be serious and sometimes fatal. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (e.g., infected aneurysms), infections in the heart and arthritis.
The manufacturer supplied whey protein to various brands such as Dr. Bill’s Choice Whey Protein, HCG Buy Direct Whey-26 Protein, The Healthy Way Protein, Innovative Nutra Labs Nutrapure Whey Protein Isolate, Iron Mag Labs Whey Isolate Protein, Len Rossi’s Whey Protein, Nature’s Pantry Whey Protein, Northeast Ohio Endocrinology Whey Protein, Nutrition World Ultra Whey Protein, Peachtree Natural Foods Whey Protein, Sharp Labs G Booster Plus, SouthFit Supplements Whey To Go, Susan’s Essential Formulas Daily Whey Isolate Protein, Team Kattouf Whey Boost, Team Kattouf Whey Boost, Trainer’s Choice Ultra Whey, Unlimited Nutrition Athletic Protein, Vitalabs, Inc. Ultra Whey, X3 Nutrition X3 Whey, YourHCG.Com Whey Protein.
Consumers who purchased any of the affected lot numbers are urged to return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund or credit. Consumers with questions may contact Vitalabs, Inc. at 1-800-241-3017, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.
For a complete list of products and lot numbers, go to the FDA website: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm246790.htm
Consult a qualified healthcare practitioner familiar with supplement quality and manufacturers who subscribe to watchdog organizations and are knowledgeable about quality assurance before purchasing supplements.