May 25, 2001Nature's Plus Brand Digestive
Aid Dietary Supplements Recalled
NY (SafetyAlerts) - Natural
Organics, Inc. of Melville, New York, is recalling approximately 9800 bottles of its
Nature's Plus brand digestive aid dietary supplements because of possible Salmonella
contamination in the supplements that contain the raw material pepsin supplied by American
Laboratories, Inc. of Omaha, Nebraska.
Although Natural Organics' tests of
raw material and finished products were negative for Salmonella, random samples of
American Laboratories, Inc. raw material have tested positive for Salmonella.
The presence of Salmonella, if contained in the
product, can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail, or
elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with
salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting, and
abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with salmonella can result in the
organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more serious illnesses such as
arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.
Bottles of Nature's Plus digestive aid dietary
supplements were distributed from February 12, 2001, to May 1, 2001, to retail stores
Products are packaged in brown bottles with yellow
and green labels. Lot numbers are printed on the bottom of each container. The products
being recalled are as follows:
- DIGESTIVE ENZYME - Product Number 4450
Lot Number: 1008884
- NATURE CLEANSE BOTANICLEANSE TABS - Product
Lot Number: 1008597
- BETAINE HCL - Product Number 4370
Lot Number: 1006874
- ULTRA-ZYME - Product Numbers 4452, 4453
Lot Numbers: 1007116, 1007110, 1005942, 1005943, 1009596, 1009520, 1007562, 1006906
No illnesses from these products have been
reported to date.
No other lots of product manufactured by Natural
Organics are involved or affected by this recall.
The recall is the result of a routine sampling
program by American Laboratories, Inc. of Omaha, Nebraska, which detected salmonella in
its raw material, pepsin, that was used in some of Nature's Plus digestive aid dietary
supplements. FDA's investigation of the situation continues.
Consumers who purchased this product are urged not
to consume it and should instead destroy it or return it to the place of purchase for a
full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 631-293-1170, ext. 474.
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