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FDA issues salmonella warning for ProtiDiet protein bars

March 18, 2013|By Monte Morin
  • A petri dish containing different strains and stages of salmonella.
A petri dish containing different strains and stages of salmonella. (Los Angeles Times )

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to eat certain ProtiDiet High Protein Chocolate Dream bars due to possible contamination with salmonella, according to an FDA statement Monday.

The manufacturer, Pro-Amino International Inc., of Saint-Eustache, Quebec, Canada, has recalled the protein bars, which are sold in seven-bar packages. The packages bear the folllowing marks: UPC 6 21498 42238 1, lot code CR 18 13B and best before date 2015-08, according to an FDA news release.

Salmonella is one of the most common food-borne illnesses and causes such symptoms as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever, according to the FDA.

The protein bars have been distributed in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia. They are also sold on the Internet, according to the FDA.

Consumers are advised to avoid eating potentially contaminated bars and either discard them or return them to the seller. Anybody who believes he or she is ill because of eating the product should contact a doctor.

No illnesses have been reported yet, according to the FDA.

For more information, consumers can contact the Canadian Food Inspection Agency at (800) 442-2342 or for TTY, (800) 465-7735, or Pro-Amino International at (800) 555-2170, Ext. 227.

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