If you recently made some purchase from Nature Made, it’s time to check these products because Pharmavite LLC is recalling specific vitamin products that were distributed nationwide to various retailers due to possible contamination with Salmonella or Staphylococcus Aureus.
“Pharmavite has identified the cause of the error, is taking the matter very seriously and has implemented corrective actions to rectify the issue. Pharmavite cares deeply about the health and safety of consumers and we apologize for any inconvenience.”
According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Salmonella is the cause of 1 million foodborne illnesses, 19,000 hospitalizations and 380 deaths in the United States every year. In most cases, a person infected with Salmonella will develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps that usually last 4-7 days. If not treated right away, these patients may suffer from severe diarrhea that can lead to dehydration and possible death. The symptoms usually occur within 12-72 hours after infection and can be initially diagnosed through stool examination.
Staphylococcus Aureus, on the other hand, is an organism that can cause food poisoning. This is due to improper food preparation and handling. The symptoms start within 1-6 hours and these include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, mild fever and abdominal cramps and eventually severe symptoms like muscle cramping and transient changes in blood pressure and pulse rate.
Here are the recalled Nature Made products with their corresponding lot numbers:
- Nature Made Adult Gummies Multi vitamins, 1196071, 1196066 and 1205052
- Nature Made Adult Gummies Multi + Omega-3, 1173600
- Nature Made Adult Gummies Multi for Her plus Omega-3s, 1196048 and 1196050
- Nature Made Super B Complex w/C Folic Acid Tablets, 1204735, 1173146, 1173779, 1204001 and 1170987
Refer at the back panel of your Vitamin bottle and check the lot number next to your expiration date. If you see the number on the list above, immediately stop taking the vitamin and return it to your retailer for a full refund.
If you plan to purchase these items, you might want to consider a different brand instead, at least temporarily. As seen above, you can see that three out the four products are gummy vitamins. If you are one who can’t forgo “chewable” supplements, here are a few alternatives for you.