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Posted September 7, 2012

Prebiotics Recalled For Salmonella Risk

On September 4, 2012, Eco Health, Inc. announced a recall of its florAlign Prebiotic Formula (Powder) due to the potential for the product to be contaminated with Salmonella. The products were sold nationwide between June 2011 and August 2012 through mail order, internet and direct delivery, and were available in three sizes: 90 gram, 180 gram and 270 gram. No illness has been reported at this time.

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. Salmonella infection can produce 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.

The recall is limited to the prebiotic products listed above, and does not include florAlign probiotic formulas.

Prebiotics are complex sugars that nourish healthy bacteria in the digestive tract, and they differ from probiotic supplements, which contain live strains of healthy bacteria. However, prebiotics and probiotics are frequently taken together for digestive health.

See ConsumerLab's Review of Probiotic Supplements for tests of products commonly taken with prebiotics.