Contamination Risk Prompts Supplement Recall from Pharmavite

The recalled products may be contaminated with salmonella or staphylococcus aureus

Contamination Risk Prompts Supplement Recall from Pharmavite
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June 8, 2016

A dietary supplement manufacturer is issuing a recall for products that may be tainted.

Pharmavite LLC is recalling specific lots of Nature Made vitamins. The announcement was made after the company discovered that the items may be contaminated with salmonella or staphylococcus aureus.

The recalled products include lots of Nature Made Adult Gummies and Super B Complex. For identifying information for the affected items, including lot numbers and UPCs, see the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) release.

The recalled products were distributed nationwide through various major retailers.

Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. The most common symptoms of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after exposure to the organism. The illness usually lasts four to seven days. Most people recover without treatment. In some, however, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. Older adults, infants, and those with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop a severe illness.

The presence of staphylococcus aureus toxin in food may lead to food poisoning. The onset of symptoms in staphylococcal food poisoning is usually rapid and in many cases acute, depending on individual susceptibility to the toxin, the amount of contaminated food eaten, the amount of toxin in the food ingested, and the general health of the victim. The most common symptoms are nausea, vomiting, retching, abdominal cramping, and prostration.

Consumers are encouraged to return the affected products to their retailer for a full refund.

Customers with questions about this recall can contact Pharmavite at (800) 276-2878.