In November, 2013, Vega issued a voluntarily recall of several lots of their Vega One Nutritional Shakes and Sports Performance Protein products due to finding trace amounts of chloramphenicol (CAP). Chloramphenicol is a prescription drug commonly used to treat typhoid fever and eye infections.

Many of our readers have written to us expressing issues that they have had with these products. If you are interested, you can read about these issues in the comment section of the Vega product review article. In that article, we listed alternatives to Vega protein powder.

You can find the entire press release below. If you don’t want to read the entire press release, here is a link to the list of Vega products being recalled and their lot numbers click this link.

In the press release,  Vega indicated that they would offer a refund for anyone who purchased the products that have been recalled. If you have purchased a product from any of the products that have been recalled and wish to return it, please call or email Vega for a full refund: 1-866-839-8863 or www.vegarecall.com.

 

Vega One Nutritional Shakes recallVega Issues Voluntary Withdrawal of Vega One Nutritional Shakes and Vega Sport Performance Protein Product Due to Traces of the Antibiotic Chloramphenicol Contact

Contact: Consumer: 1-866-839-8863

Media: 1-866-839-8863 x 366

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 8, 2013 — Sequel Naturals Inc., dba “Vega,” announced today that it has taken the precautionary measure of voluntarily withdrawing a limited quantity of its Vega One Nutritional Shakes and Sports Performance Protein products due to finding trace amounts of chloramphenicol (CAP), a naturally occurring antibiotic.

Chloramphenicol is a prescription drug commonly used to treat typhoid fever and eye infections around the world. It should only be used under medical supervision. It has been associated with rare cases of aplastic anemia and allergic reactions in some people. A leading expert on CAP says that there have been no known cases of anemia caused by residual amounts found in food. Pregnant or lactating women should avoid this medication.

None of the Vega product formulations include CAP as an ingredient; however, an enzyme that was provided by a third party supplier, which constitutes less than 1% of the product ingredients, was found to contain trace amounts of CAP.

As a precautionary measure, Vega is voluntarily withdrawing all of the listed product from the market and has taken steps to ensure all future products are CAP-free, including using a different source of enzymes to prevent further potential contamination and assure consumers of product purity. These actions complete a voluntary product withdrawal and ingredient resourcing that applied to Canadian products as well.

“We’re doing this out of an overabundance of caution and to ensure that when you go to the shelf, you never have to wonder about the purity of a Vega product,” said Charles Chang, Vega President and Founder.

The Vega products were distributed nationwide in retail stores.

People who have severe sensitivity or allergies to chloramphenicol may run the risk of an allergic reaction if they consume these products.  There have been no reported allergic reactions from the listed products.

The following products listed here are being voluntarily withdrawn from sale:

Product DescriptionSizeFG LotExpiry
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Berry15 oz4704780008/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Berry15 oz4704310007/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Berry30 oz4704200007/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Berry30 oz4704660008/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Berry1.5 oz4704850008/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Berry15 oz4704190007/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Berry15 oz4704710008/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Chocolate15.4 oz4704800108/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Chocolate15.4 oz4704800008/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Chocolate15.4 oz4704320007/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Chocolate30.9 oz4704240308/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Chocolate30.9 oz4704680108/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Chocolate30.9 oz4704240107/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Chocolate30.9 oz4704240208/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Chocolate30.9 oz4704240007/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Chocolate30.9 oz4704680208/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Chocolate30.9 oz4704910109/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Chocolate1.5 oz4704860008/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Chocolate15.4 oz4704730007/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Chocolate15.4 oz4704230007/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Chocolate15.4 oz4704960109/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake French Vanilla13.3 oz4704820008/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake French Vanilla13.3 oz4704820108/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake French Vanilla13.3 oz4705140008/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake French Vanilla13.3 oz4705060008/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake French Vanilla13.3 oz4704650007/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake French Vanilla29.2 oz4704930008/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake French Vanilla29.2 oz4705180008/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake French Vanilla29.2 oz4704280107/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake French Vanilla29.2 oz4704280007/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake French Vanilla29.2 oz4705530009/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake French Vanilla29.2 oz4704700008/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake French Vanilla29.2 oz4704280208/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake French Vanilla1.3 oz4704870008/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake French Vanilla1.3 oz4705210008/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake French Vanilla14.6 oz4704750007/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake French Vanilla14.6 oz4704270307/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake French Vanilla14.6 oz4704270107/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake French Vanilla14.6 oz4704270007/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake French Vanilla14.6 oz4704980009/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake French Vanilla14.6 oz4705520009/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake French Vanilla14.6 oz4704750108/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake French Vanilla14.6 oz4704750208/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake French Vanilla14.6 oz4704270207/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Natural12.7 oz4704790008/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Natural12.7 oz4705030009/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Natural12.7 oz4704340007/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Natural30.4 oz4704900009/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Natural30.4 oz4704220007/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Natural30.4 oz4704670008/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Natural30.4 oz4704900109/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Natural15.2 oz4704210007/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Natural15.2 oz4704720008/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Natural15.2 oz4704950009/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Vanilla Chai14 oz4704330007/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Vanilla Chai14 oz4704810107/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Vanilla Chai14 oz4704810007/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Vanilla Chai14 oz4705050009/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Vanilla Chai30.8 oz4704920109/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Vanilla Chai30.8 oz4704260208/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Vanilla Chai30.8 oz4704260007/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Vanilla Chai30.8 oz4704260107/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Vanilla Chai30.8 oz4704690008/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Vanilla Chai30.8 oz4704920008/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Vanilla Chai1.4 oz4705160009/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Vanilla Chai15.4 oz4704250007/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Vanilla Chai15.4 oz4704740007/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Vanilla Chai15.4 oz4704970009/2015
Vega ONE Nutritional Shake Vanilla Chai15.4 oz4704740108/2015
Vega One Starter Kit7.4 oz12SE13PP105/2015
Vega One Starter Kit7.4 oz13SE13PP105/2015
Vega One Starter Kit7.4 oz16SE13PP105/2015
Vega One Starter Kit7.4 oz17SE13PP112/2014
Vega One Starter Kit7.4 oz23OC13PP107/2014
Vega One Starter Kit7.4 oz24OC13PP107/2014
Vega Sport Performance Protein Chocolate15.7 oz4704350007/2015
Vega Sport Performance Protein Chocolate15.7 oz4704830108/2015
Vega Sport Performance Protein Chocolate15.7 oz4704830008/2015
Vega Sport Performance Protein Chocolate29 oz4704760008/2015
Vega Sport Performance Protein Chocolate29 oz4704290007/2015
Vega Sport Performance Protein Chocolate29 oz4704760208/2015
Vega Sport Performance Protein Vanilla14.8 oz4704840007/2015
Vega Sport Performance Protein Vanilla14.8 oz4704840107/2015
Vega Sport Performance Protein Vanilla29.2 oz4704770408/2015
Vega Sport Performance Protein Vanilla29.2 oz4704770208/2015
Vega Sport Performance Protein Vanilla29.2 oz4704770508/2015
Vega Sport Performance Protein Vanilla29.2 oz4704770007/2015
Vega Sport Performance Protein Vanilla29.2 oz4704770107/2015
Vega Sport Performance Protein Vanilla29.2 oz4704300207/2015
Vega Sport Performance Protein Vanilla29.2 oz4704300106/2015
Vega Sport Performance Protein Vanilla29.2 oz4705010008/2015

 

All the product from the lot codes listed are completely safe for the general population. This voluntary withdrawal does not apply to any other lot of Vega product distributed anywhere in Canada or the United States. If you have purchased a product from any of the lot codes below and wish to return it, please call or email Vega for a full refund: 1-866-839-8863 or www.vegarecall.com

 

Here is the list Mayo Clinic’s of the potential side effects of using Chloramphenicol:

Rare

  1. Bloated stomach
  2. drowsiness
  3. gray skin color
  4. low body temperature
  5. uneven breathing
  6. unresponsiveness

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

Less common

  1. Pale skin
  2. sore throat and fever
  3. unusual bleeding or bruising
  4. unusual tiredness or weakness (the above side effects may also occur up to weeks or months after you stop taking this medicine)

Rare

  1. Confusion, delirium, or headache
  2. eye pain, blurred vision, or loss of vision
  3. numbness, tingling, burning pain, or weakness in the hands or feet
  4. skin rash, fever, or difficulty in breathing

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

source: FDA.gov, Mayo Clinic