Vega voluntarily withdraws selected Vega One Shakes and Sport Performance Protein products in the U.S.


Consumers may return withdrawn products for full refunds


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 8, 2013 – As part of a voluntary product withdrawal announced first in Canada, Burnaby-based health products firm Vega is replacing 91 lots of its Vega One Nutritional Shake and Vega Sport Performance Protein products in the United States because of trace amounts of a chloramphenicol (CAP), a naturally occurring antibiotic.

The trace amounts of CAP, commonly used around the world to treat eye infections and typhoid fever, were found in an enzyme provided by a third-party supplier. This enzyme constitutes less than 1% of the ingredients in the affected products. The amount is so negligible that a leading scientific expert on the substance has concluded it poses “no risk whatsoever for consumers.” A person would have to drink 100 million servings in a day to equal a therapeutic dose of CAP. The scientific research shows the product is safe.

To alleviate any concern, however, Vega will voluntarily withdraw the products and has taken steps to ensure all future products are CAP-free. Consumers who believe they may have purchased the product can return the product for a full refund should they still wish to do so. The company apologizes for any inconvenience or confusion this action may cause consumers and retailers.

“We’re doing this out of an overabundance of caution and to ensure when you go to the shelf, you never have to wonder about the purity of Vega products,” said Charles Chang, Vega President and Founder.

Vega’s valued customers, consumers and retailers may find the impacted lot codes listed on If consumers have any questions, they can call Vega at 1-866-839-8863 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Pacific, Monday through Friday, or email inquiries to

For more information, contact:
Jaclyn Cummings, Vega PR
Office: 604-945-3133 x 361