Local consumers need to be on the lookout at stores and at home for certain types of vitamins that have been recalled due to possible contamination of salmonella or staphylococcus.
CNN reports that several types of Nature Made vitamins were recalled June 7 by Pharmavite, the company that owns the Nature Made brand. The recalled products are identified by “lot” numbers, which are located next to the expiration date on the bottles. A full list of the recalled products and their lot numbers can be found here.
According to a press release from Pharmavite, the recalled products were not tested properly for salmonella or staphylococcus and could possibly be infected. Both toxins are bacteria that can cause serious illness, including abdominal cramps, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Anyone who has purchased any of these products is advised not to take them. Stores will be giving full refunds for any recalled Nature Brand product that is returned.
Additionally, stores are instructed to immediately take any of the possibly contaminated products off of their shelves.
Nature Brand vitamins are sold at locations across Georgia. So far, it is unknown how many, if any, have suffered from taking any of the recalled products.
Salmonella causes over 1 million cases of food poisoning every year across the country. A 2011 report by the CDC ranked Georgia as the third worst state in the country for cases of salmonella poisoning.
Consumers can monitor Pharmavite’s website for any updates, including possible additional recalls.