Children’s dietary supplements have been recalled for a possible Salmonella risk, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). The recall was initiated by Sedona Labs for its iFlora® Kids Multi-Probiotic® and iFlora™ 4-Kids Powder Dietary Supplements.
Sedona Labs’ said its supplier of Galactooligosaccharide (GOS) recalled this ingredient due to a possible Salmonella contamination, which led Sedona Labs to recall certain lots of its iFlora® Kids Multi-Probiotic® and iFlora™ 4-Kids Powder distributed between March 16, 2011 and May 3, 2012. The following lots of iFlora® Kids Multi Probiotic, with corresponding UPCs, are involved:
- Lot 1074711; UPC 6 48575 01013 2
- Lot 1479611; UPC 6 48575 01013 2
- Lot 1640811; UPC 6 48575 01013 2
- Lot 1734411; UPC 6 48575 01013 2
iFlora® Kids Multi-Probiotic® has been sold throughout the United States to health food stores and Internet retailers. iFlora™ 4-Kids Powder has been sold via health care professionals.
The firm advises consumers in possession of the recalled iFlora products to immediately discontinue their use. Consumers who wish to return iFlora® Kids Multi-Probiotic® or iFlora™ 4-Kids Powder may return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Sedona Labs may be reached, toll-free, at 1.888.816.8804, Monday through Friday, from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Pacific Standard Time (PST).
No illnesses have been reported, to date, in relation to this recall; however it can take between six and 72 hours from consumption of a contaminated product for the symptoms of Salmonella poisoning—salmonellosis—to appear.
Salmonellosis symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever. Additional symptoms include chills, headache, nausea, and vomiting that can last up to seven days. The illness usually lasts four to seven days; however, in some, the organism can invade the bloodstream, becoming so severe that hospitalization is required.
Sometimes, infection with the Salmonella pathogen can result in, and produce more severe or chronic illnesses and can leave sufferers with serious life-long health issues. One of the most common bacterial food borne illnesses, salmonellosis can be especially life threatening to those with weakened immune systems, such as infants; the elderly; and persons with compromised immune systems, such as people with HIV infection or who are undergoing chemotherapy.