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Posted July 10, 2012

Children's Probiotics Recalled Due to Potential Salmonella Contamination

On July 9, 2012, Sedona Labs announced the voluntary recall of certain lots of iFlora Kids Multi-Probiotic and iFlora 4-Kids Powder distributed between 3/16/2011 and 5/3/2012 due to potential contamination with Salmonella.

The recall was triggered by an earlier recall of one of the "prebiotic" ingredients in the products, galactooligosaccharide (Purimuneā„¢ GOS). The FDA posted the recall of that ingredient in early June 2012 by its distributor, Corn Products International, due to contamination with Salmonella bacteria.

To date, Sedona reports that no illnesses have been reported in connection with the two products. However, as a precaution, customers possessing these products should immediately discontinue their use.

iFlora Kids Multi-Probiotic was among the probiotics tested by ConsumerLab.com in its recent Product Review of Probiotic Supplements. The product was "Not Approved," as it was found to contain significantly less probiotic organisms than listed on its label. The lot tested (#1074711) is the earliest among the four lots currently being recalled.

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 (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.

You can access the recall notice using the link below.