May 22, 2001Licata Enterprises Recalls
Digestive Aid Products
Beach, CA (SafetyAlerts) - Licata
Enterprises is recalling specific lots of its Acti-Gest and Super Enzyme digestive aid
products because after being advised that random tests of one of the ingredients in the
product (Pepsin 1:3000 manufactured by American Laboratories, Inc. of Omaha, Nebraska) has
the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and
sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with
weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as
high fever, severe headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Long term
complications can include severe arthritis.
The above products were distributed in Southern California, Ohio, and Michigan through
health food stores.
The Acti-Gest product is sold under the brand names of Nature's Concept, VP Discount,
Clark's Nutrition, Full of Life, Nature's Way Natural Products, and Edson Farms. The Super
Enzyme product is sold under the brand name of HSU & Co. Acti-Gest is packaged in an
amber plastic bottle with the name "Acti-Gest" prominent on the center panel.
The lot number is on the bottom of the bottle as follows: "5800204". No
illnesses have been reported to date. Super Enzyme is packaged in a white bottle in both
tablets and capsules with HSU & Co. and Super Enzymes prominent on the center panel.
The lot number is on the bottom of the bottle as follows: "0050203" and
"0090203". No illnesses have been reported to date.
The recall was the result of a routine sampling of the Pepsin 1:3000 raw material by the
raw material supplier, American Laboratories, Inc., and may have been found in some
samples of the finished product. American Laboratories, Inc. has ceased the production and
distribution of the Pepsin 1:3000 and Licata Enterprises as the manufacturer has ceased
distribution of the lots and has already recalled from its customers all products on store
shelves as the FDA and the company continue their investigation as to what caused the
Anyone who has purchased Acti-Gest or Super Enzymes under the brands listed above with lot
numbers "5800204", "0050203", "0090203" should return the
product immediately to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions
should contact Paul Licata, Licata Enterprises at 714-893-0017.