Oatly, Premier Protein, King's Hawaiian and other popular brands were impacted.
A recall issued by Lyons Magnus, a food and beverage manufacturer, affected a variety of plant milks, protein shakes, coffee drinks and breads sold by a variety of brands. The original recall of beverages has been expanded to include some breads, including pretzel bread made by King's Hawaiian and, most recently, a variety of rolls sold by Piantedosi Baking.
The reason for the recall, according to the FDA and Lyons Magnus, is that the products "did not meet commercial sterility specifications." They could potentially be contaminated with unsafe organisms, including the one that causes botulism.
Piantedosi Baking said last week it's recalling some lots of dinner rolls, including sandwich rolls and buns because limited products contain an ingredient from Lyons Magnus that's been recalled. King's Hawaiian announced earlier it's recalling its pretzel bread, including its pretzel hamburger buns, pretzel slider buns and pretzel bites "out of an abundance of caution" because they also contain a Lyons Magnus ingredient affected in the larger beverage recall.
The specific organisms that the impacted items could be contaminated with are cronobacter sakazakii and clostridium botulinum. Cronobacter infections are rare and may cause fever, vomiting or urinary tract infections. But cronobacter can be dangerous or life-threatening for babies, older adults and people with weakened immune systems.
Clostridium botulinum can cause botulism, a rare but very serious illness that can damage the body's nerves and lead to complications, including death. Though clostridium botulinum hasn't been found in the beverages being recalled, consumers should throw away any impacted product regardless of whether it looks or smells spoiled, the FDA and Lyons Magnus said in the announcement.
A few more specific beverages, like lactation smoothies, were also recalled. Here's what to know if you're a plant-milk or protein-shake drinker or are otherwise interested in learning more about the brands that have recalls, as well as a few alternatives to your currently unavailable favorite drink.
Similar to many other food or drink recalls, not every drink made by an affected brand is being recalled. Some batches with a certain expiration date might be fine, for example, as may all lots of a totally different drink by the same brand. If you recognize any of the brands or drinks on the following list, check the recall for a complete description of the specific lot codes, UPC numbers and expiration dates of the recalled products. King's Hawaiian, on the other hand, appears to be recalling all of its pretzel bread, but you can check the list of specific lot codes here.
Some lots of the following coffee drinks, protein shakes, plant milks and other beverages are being recalled:
As a refresher, not every lot or type of drink made by a brand is unsafe or risky to drink. Oatly has a variety of products still available for sale on its website. The impacted products are limited to the Barista Edition Oatmilk and the 11-ounce Barista Edition, Original and Chocolate Oatmilks. To see whether yours is recalled, Oatly says the easiest way to check is to look for the initials "LM" next to the package's best-by date.
But if you're a stone-cold oat milk drinker wanting to branch out into a different brand, we recommend Planet Oat. It's affordable, tastes good and you can order a six-pack of the 32-ounce cartons of the "original" or $42 when you order through Walmart. You can also use the Planet Oat store locator to find some near you.
Once again, not every product made by the brands listed in the recall have been impacted, and most will still have a variety of options available and safe to drink. Cafe Grumpy released a statement and reiterated that it no longer works with Lyons Magnus for their cold brew drinks and only a couple of lots of drinks set to expire at the end of this month are impacted. This is a similar case to most or all brands on this list.
That being said, some single-serve cartons of cold brew coffee drinks were recalled. If you're looking for a replacement to take on the go, we recommend mixing your own concoction at home using a standard cold brew like La Colombe, in addition to your favorite plant-based creamer. One of our favorites is Elmhurst Oat Milk Creamer.
Premier Protein was another big name that saw some lots of products recalled -- the impacted shakes also made CNET's best list of protein shakes and powders. But fear not: Owyn, which CNET dubbed the best plant-based protein shake, is still available.