Recall of Dairyshake MRE mix issued
Firm takes voluntary action after FDA finds salmonella at plant
By BRYCE S. DUBEE | STARS AND STRIPES Published: July 3, 2009
A militarywide recall has been issued for Dairyshake powders found in Meals, Ready to Eat (MREs) and Unitized Group Rations-Express (UGR-Es).
Plainview Milk Products Cooperative in Minnesota issued the voluntary recall after a Food and Drug Administration inspection found salmonella contamination on some of the facility’s equipment, according to an FDA news release dated June 29. Plainview sells its products to distributors and manufacturers who may then use them in their own products, and not to the general public, according to the release.
The dairy cooperative might have shipped nonfat dry milk, fruit stabilizers, whey protein, and gum products contaminated with the bacteria between June 2007 and June 2009, according to the Defense Supply Center.
People should not consume the Dairyshake powder rations and should destroy any Dairyshake powders contained in the meals.
The products affected by the recall are the vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and strawberry-banana flavors of the Dairyshake powder.
"The remainder of the MRE/UGR-E menu is consumable and should not be discarded/destroyed," a DSC news release said.
No illnesses have been reported from consuming the powder, and an investigation to determine the source of the contamination continues, the FDA said.