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Posted December 10, 2014

Risk of Fungal Infection from Probiotics in People with Weakened Immune System

On December 9, 2014, the FDA warned that supplements containing live bacteria or yeast have the potential to be contaminated with mold, and may pose a risk of potentially deadly fungal infection in immunocompromised persons.

The warning follows November 2014 recall of Solgar ABC Dophilus Powder, which was found to be contaminated with Rhizopus oryzae, a fungus which may cause mucormycosis infection.

This infection predominantly occurs in people with a compromised immune system, including prematurely born infants. The FDA Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Connecticut Department of Public Health are currently investigating the death of a premature infant who developed gastrointestinal mucormycosis after being given Solgar ABC Dophilus Powder, and then died.

See's Review of Probiotic Supplements for tests of related products. Note: As part of its product review, tests these products for microbial contamination, including mold.

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To read the FDA's warning, use the link below.