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May 25, 2001

Nature's Plus Brand Digestive Aid Dietary Supplements Recalled

Melville, 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 nationwide.

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
    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.

Notice of this product warning was sent via email to SafetyAlerts subscribers May 25, 2001.  For more information regarding the SafetyAlerts free email alert service please click here.

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