Popular Chocolate Protein Bar Recalled Due To a Possible Health Risk

Possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination in protein bar for dieters

Do you follow one of the more-popular diets that offer their own brand of dieting foods? If so, then you will want to know about a recent recall of a popular protein bar that may pose a possible health risk.

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According to a recall alert from the FDA, Nutrisystem Everyday, LLC, the retail division of Nutrisystem, Inc., is voluntarily recalling their popular Nutricrush Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough bar, manufactured by Noble Foods, Inc. The recall is in effect due to this chocolatey protein bar contains a chocolate chip cookie dough ingredient supplied by a third party supplier, that recently reported that its ingredient might potentially contain Listeria monocytogenes.

According to the FDA, Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Customers of ShopRite and Hannaford stores in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont, and online through Amazon.com and Walmart.com should especially be on the lookout for this recalled food item.

How to Identify the Recalled Product

This voluntary recall covers the Nutrisystem Nutricrush Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bar. The bar was sold as a 5-count carton. To identify the recalled product, look for code information on the back panel of the carton for the following labeling info: “UPC 6 32674 85579 4, Enjoy by Aug 22 2017, Lot Code NF082216A.”

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If you do have the recalled product, consumers are advised to not eat the product and to either discard the product or return it to the ShopRite or Hannaford from where it was purchased for a full refund.

Company officials from Nutrisystem, Inc. want their clientele to know that the recall is a precautionary measure only, that no illnesses have been reported, and that no other code dates of this product or other Nutrisystem® products in retail are affected.

Consumers seeking information may call toll-free 1-866-293-8118, Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m., and 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, Eastern Daylight Time.

Protein Bars for Weight Loss

For some information on how protein bars can aid dieting, here are some High-Protein Snack Recommendations for Weight Loss, as well as the Best Snack Bar Rated by Consumer Reports.

Reference: FDA.gov “Nutrisystem Retail Division Voluntarily Recalls One Product Containing Chocolate Cookie Dough Pieces Purchased From Third Party Supplier Due To A Possible Health Risk

Image source courtesy of the FDA

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