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Prune Concentrate – “Baby Move” – Recalled Due to Salmonella Risk

ucm312993.jpgWellements LLC is issuing a voluntary recall of Baby Move™ Prune Concentrate liquid dietary supplement, because the supplier of one of the ingredients used in the product has indicated that the ingredient 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 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 severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

Wellements LLC is issuing a voluntary recall of the following: Wellements Baby Move™ Prune Concentrate 4oz (UPC 729609019878) sold in a glass bottle and packaged in an individual product carton. At this time, all product lots up to and including lot number 12179 are subject to the voluntary recall. Wellements Baby Move™ Prune Concentrate was distributed from January 2012 to July 2012 nationwide through retail stores and online retailers.

On July 13, 2012, Wellements LLC was informed by their contract manufacturer who was informed by raw ingredient supplier Ingredion (formerly Corn Products International Inc.) that retain samples of five lots of a raw material Purimune (Galacto Oligosaccharide) had tested positive for Salmonella contamination. To date, no lots of Wellements Baby Move™ final product have tested positive for Salmonella contamination.

I am sure that it is not related, but there has also been this recall:

Last week an Illinois firm recalled nearly 40,000 pounds of a dietary ingredient. U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials said they are investigating whether the ingredient, sold by Westchester-based Ingredion and made in a subsidiary’s plant in South Korea, wound up in other dietary supplements. The recalls began in May after Ingredion discovered that several lots of galactooligosaccharides tested positive for salmonella. Sold under the brand name Purimune, the recalled items are marketed as an aid to the immune system and digestive health.

And according to news reports, The California Department of Public Health is investigating after two babies contracted salmonella poisoning while at a Stanislaus County hospital, county officials said Wednesday. The first infant salmonella case at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto was reported on April 19, and the second case on May 30, according to Stanislaus County Public Health Director John Walker.