Posted January 3, 2012

Recall by Eclectic Institute of Supplements Containing Gotu Kola and Bladderwrack

On December 22, 2011, the U.S. FDA reported that Eclectic Institute is voluntarily recalling specific lots of its freeze-dried capsules containing Gotu Kola (including a Gingko/Gotu Kola combination product) and Bladderwrack (Fucus vesiculosus) capsules because of potential Salmonella contamination.

Salmonella is 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, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, Salmonella infection 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.

Eclectic Institute sold these products to retailers, individuals, and health practitioners throughout the United States. The affected lots of Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica) products were sold from September 14, 2011 to December 14, 2011. The affected lots of Bladderwrack (Fucus vesiculosus) products were sold from July 14, 2011 to December 14, 2011.

Consumers in possession of any of these voluntarily recalled products are urged to return the product to Eclectic Institute’s headquarters in Sandy, Oregon, for a full refund.

For more details, including affected lot numbers, use the link below.