Recall due to potential for contamination with Salmonella
Botanical Laboratories of Ferndale, Washington has recalled 38 bottles of 33.8 oz "Digestive 3 in 1 Health" liquid dietary supplement and 275 bottles of 16 oz. "Digestive Health 3 in 1" liquid dietary supplement, because a supplier of one of the ingredients has indicated that the ingredient has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. No illnesses have been reported to date.
The following Botanical Laboratories products have been recalled:
• 16 oz. size has "LOT 34441C (followed by a four digit time code) A EXP 03/2014" jet coded on the bottom of the bottle
• 33.8 oz. size has "LOT 34552C (followed by a four digit time code) A EXP 03/2014" jet coded on the bottom of the bottle
Both "Digestive 3 in 1 Health" 16 oz. and 33.8 oz. products are packaged in white HDPE plastic bottles with a full body shrink sleeve label. The label is predominantly orange with green trim and print. The brand Wellesse appears across a white band at the top of the bottle in blue print. The product name "Digestive 3 in 1 Health" is printed on the front of the label in white with green trimmed print.
Both 33.8 oz. and 16 oz "Digestive 3 in 1 Health" were distributed nationwide through retail stores, and online retailers. The product was distributed after 05/01/2012.
Consumers who have purchased Wellesse "Digestive 3 in 1 Health" with one of the above referenced lot numbers are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-232-4005.
Any adverse events that may be related to the use of the affected products should be reported to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program. The report may be made by phone at 1-800-FDA-1088, online at www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report.htm, or by returning the postage paid FDA form 3500. The form may be downloaded from www.fda.gov/MedWatch/getforms.htm and mailed to MedWatch, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852-9787 or faxed to 1-800-FDA- 0178.
Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain from 6 to 72 hours after eating contaminated items. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis. Consumers exhibiting these signs after consuming affected products should contact their health care provider immediately.
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