If You Bought These Popular Protein Shakes, Throw Them Away Now, FDA Says

Some individuals run the risk of serious health issues if they consume the recalled shakes.

Whether you're using them as meal replacements or downing them after a workout, there's no denying the massive popularity of protein shakes. While stateside food spending as a whole decreased amid the pandemic, a 2021 report from Grandview research found that protein shake consumption actually increased during the past year.

Unfortunately, that may be bad news for some people, now that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has just announced the recall of a popular type of protein shake. Read on to discover if you should be tossing these drinks from your kitchen now. And for more foods you're better off avoiding, This Ice Cream Brand Just Recalled 100 of Its Products.

On May 3, the FDA announced the recall of specific Evolve protein shakes.

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On May 3, the FDA issued a recall notice for Evolve Protein Shakes manufactured by CytoSport, Inc. The shakes subject to the voluntary recall were packaged in four-packs of 11-oz. Tetra Pak containers.

The recalled products are limited to Evolve Double Chocolate Protein Shakes with manufacturing dates of 12/31/2020 and 1/1/2021 and Evolve Vanilla Bean Protein Shakes with manufacturing dates of 12/30/2020 and 1/25/2021. And for the latest health and safety news delivered straight to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter!

The shakes in question were pulled from the market over contamination concerns.

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The Evolve shakes were pulled from the market after it was discovered that one of CytoSport's third-party suppliers may have provided the company with ingredients contaminated with soy. "Consumers that have an allergy or severe sensitivity to soy run the risk of an allergic reaction if they continue to consume the products," the FDA states.

Soy is one of the eight most common food allergens, as identified by the FDA. Soy allergies are thought to be affect approximately 0.25 percent of U.S. adults, up to 0.5 percent of U.S. children, and up to 1.5 percent of U.S. infants under one year of age, as per 2020 research published in the journal Nutrition Today.

Anyone with the recalled shakes is advised not to drink them.

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While no injuries or illnesses related to consumption of the recalled Evolve shakes had been reported at the time the recall notice was published, the FDA cautions against drinking them. Instead, customers with the recalled shakes in their possession should either throw them away or return them to the point of purchase for a full refund.

Customers with questions about the recall can also call CytoSport Customer Relations at 888-298-6629 on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST. And if you want to protect your health, The CDC Is Warning You Not to Eat Anything Made by This Company.

This isn't the first protein supplement recall this year.

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The Evolve shakes aren't the only workout supplement to be pulled from the market recently. On April 3, the FDA announced the recall of 13 Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals protein powders due to potential contamination with milk, eggs, wheat, or soy. If you have any of the recalled Hi-Tech products at home, the FDA recommends returning them to the store from which they were purchased to receive a full refund. And for more safety hazards hiding in plain sight, If You Take This Popular Vitamin, Stop Immediately, FDA Warns.


Sarah Crow
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