Odwalla Chocolate Protein Monster Recalled

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Another recall announcement is making its rounds through the various media outlets, this time concerning the potential presence of a nut allergen in a chocolate drink.

The specific item in question is called the Odwalla Chocolate Protein Monster beverage.  Odwalla produced the item, which was available across the country at various retail outlets, although one specific version came in a variety pack that was only available at Costco.  The recall encompasses those beverages sold in the past seven weeks and have an expiration on or before May 23, 2012.

At issue are reports that users have suffered allergic reactions after drinking the beverage.  The four people that made the reports have said that they do not have a soy or milk allergy, but that they are allergic to tree nuts and/or peanuts.

The Food and Drug Administration and Odwalla are reportedly trying to get to the bottom of the possible allergen contamination.  The plant where the drink is manufactured has no nut products in its lineup, and the beverage itself does not contain nuts.

As a precaution, the company has advised those with nut allergies to discontinue use of the drink with the mentioned expiration dates.  They can return the item for a refund.

As a personal injury lawyer in Los Angeles, I applaud when a company acts in a way that many would consider overly cautious.  It’s better to issue a recall and maintain safety than have someone get hurt.  That’s my opinion, anyway, as a San Diego personal injury lawyer.