November 13, 2013
Vega Issues Voluntary Withdrawal of Vega One Nutritional Shakes and Vega Sport Performance Protein Product
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services received information that Sequel Naturals Inc., dba "Vega," is 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.
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. There have been no reported allergic reactions from the products.
The full recall can be found at http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm374392.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery