November 7, 2013 2:35 pm

Vega complies with Health Canada recall of shakes contaminated with antibiotic

Health Canada has issued warnings about two flavours of Vega One nutritional shakes.

The Burnaby company behind a line of nutritional shakes that Health Canada says are contaminated has decided to voluntarily recall the product after initially resisting demands to do so.

Vega announced Wednesday that they are recalling 108 lot codes of the Vega One Nutritional Shake and Sport Performance Protein distributed in Canada.

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Health Canada says Vega One Vanilla Chai and Vega Sport Performance Chocolate shakes are contamined with  chloramphenicol (CAP), a broad-spectrum antibiotic.

“Chloramphenicol is associated with a rare risk of aplastic anemia, a serious blood disorder that can be fatal. This reaction is unpredictable and not related to a specific dose,” the statement said.

Other side effects include, allergic reactions and bone marrow toxicity. The drug is not safe for pregnant or lactating women.

Vega says they stand by the quality of their products despite the recall that they have now initiated.

“We stand by the safety of our products, and value the trust of our community. We have chosen to withdraw voluntarily to alleviate any concerns, and to allow our customers to continue to enjoy our products.”

Health Canada is still warning anyone who has consumed either Vega One product to see their doctor immediately.

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