DENVER, CO. (January 31, 2009) – Atkins Nutritionals, Inc. (Atkins) announces that it will voluntarily recall from distribution in Canada two Atkins nutrition bars that contain granulated peanuts sourced from the Blakely, Georgia processing facility of Peanut Corporation of America (PCA). In recent weeks an outbreak of Salmonella related complaints and illnesses in the USA have been linked to peanut butter and peanut paste processed by PCA at its Georgia facility. In response to an investigation by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), PCA announced a voluntary recall of all peanut butter and peanut paste processed at its Georgia facility. No Atkins products distributed in Canada contain peanut butter or peanut paste processed by PCA and were not affected by the recall. However, on January 28, 2009, PCA unexpectedly expanded its voluntary recall to include all peanuts and peanut products processed at its Georgia facility. Although Atkins products contain no peanut butter or peanut paste sourced from PCA, two Atkins products distributed in Canada do contain granulated peanuts, or peanut pieces, sourced from PCA’s Georgia facility. As a result of PCA’s expanded recall, Atkins has determined to voluntarily recall these two Atkins products out of an abundance of caution because they contain granulated peanuts recalled by PCA. While Atkins has determined to cooperate with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and voluntarily recall these two products, the recall is purely a precautionary measure, out of concern for our consumers and retail customers. Atkins is confident that these two products and all Atkins products distributed in Canada are safe. Atkins requires extensive laboratory testing of all ingredients used in every Atkins product, and our finished products are also rigorously tested. As a result of Atkins’ food safety protocols, and the extensive laboratory testing on all Atkins products, no Salmonella contamination has been found in any of the Atkins products subject to this recall, but the Company is taking this step to assure our consumers that food safety is our highest priority.
Only the following products are subject to this voluntary recall:
Advantage Chocolate Peanut Butter
Advantage Peanut Fudge Granola
For Advantage Chocolate Peanut Butter bars, only products manufactured after April 2008 are subject to the recall and detailed information pertaining to affected lot numbers is available at www.atkins.com.
No other Atkins products are affected by this recall. Atkins apologizes to consumers and retail customers for the inconvenience resulting from this recall. If consumers find that they have any of these products in their possession, they are asked not to consume the products. Consumers seeking a replacement or refund for recalled products should call Atkins Consumer Hotline number, 1-800-628-5467. Atkins intends to update this notice as the situation develops.
People infected with Salmonella can have some or all of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious disease, including headache, joint pain, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.
About Atkins Nutritionals, Inc.
Atkins™ Nutritionals Inc., a leading player in the $2.4 billion dollar weight control nutrition category, offers a powerful lifetime approach to weight loss and weight management. The Atkins Nutritional Approach focuses on a healthy diet with reduced levels of refined carbohydrates and refined sugars and encourages the consumption of lean protein, fiber, fruits, vegetables and good fats. Backed by research and consumer success stories, this approach allows the body to burn more fat and work more efficiently while helping individuals feel less hungry, more satisfied and more energetic.
Atkins™ Nutritionals Inc. manufactures and sells a variety of nutrition bars and shakes designed around the nutrition principles of the Atkins Diet. The Atkins line of products appeal to a broad audience of both men and women who want to achieve their weight management goals and enjoy a healthier lifestyle. Atkins products are available in more than 30,000 locations throughout the U.S. and internationally. For more information, please visit www.atkins.com.