Whey Recall Grows, But Plainview Approach May Prevent A Peanut Replay
This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet
The recall of whey protein ingredients rippling its way through the dietary supplement industry shows that companies must take a risk-based approach to product safety and cannot rely on good manufacturing practices alone to protect them
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Additional firms recall whey protein supplements potentially contaminated with salmonella from Plainview Milk Products Cooperative, including certain batches of SNI Pro Whey from Nutrition Global and Weigh Down Chocolate Flavor Nutrition Drink Mix from Lewis Laboratories International. A spokeswoman for GNC said in an e-mail the retailer's private label whey products are unaffected, but firms recalled four third-party stock-keeping units carried in the stores. Despite the range of firms and products affected by the recalls, Plainview acted quickly and no illnesses are reported linked to its ingredients (1"The Tan Sheet" July 13, 2009)
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