Posted October 11, 2013

Prebiotic and Digestive Enzyme Supplement Recalled Due To Drug Risk

On October 10, 2013, Adeeva Nutritionals Inc. issued a voluntary recall of digestive supplement Flora Essentials due to potential contamination with the prescription antibiotic chloramphenicol.

Because of risks associated with its use, chloramphenicol should only be taken under medical supervision. This antibiotic is associated with an increased risk of a rare but serious, and potentially fatal blood disorder called aplastic anemia; this reaction cannot be predicted and can occur at any dose. Chloramphenicol can also affect bone marrow, leading to decreased blood cells. It should not be taken by pregnant or lactating women, or those with a known sensitivity to the drug.

Recalled Flora Essentials can be identified by Lot # 10342. Although Adeeva Nutritionals is based in Canada, this supplement was available for purchase to U.S. consumers through the company's website, and through other major online retailers. 

Flora Essentials is promoted for digestive health and is described as an "all-in-one digestive enzyme and prebiotic." It contains amylase, protease, lactase, lipase, cellulase, maltase and sucrase enzymes, as well as fructooligosaccharides (FOS)and inulin. 

See ConsumerLab.com's Reviews of Digestive Enzyme Supplements, Lactase Supplements, and Greens and Whole Foods Powders and Pills for tests of related products.

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