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Nature Made vitamins recalled over salmonella, staph fears

Courtesy of Pharmavite, LLC

It's time to check your medicine cabinet. Pharmavite LLC is voluntary recalling specific lots of Nature Made vitamin products due to possible contamination with Salmonella or Staphylococcus aureus.

The recalled products were distributed nationwide to various major retailers.

The company said they are pulling the items off store shelves "out of an abundance of caution" after it was discovered that tests for the two bacteria were not completed properly on the specific batch lots in the chart below.

"Pharmavite has identified the cause of the error, is taking the matter very seriously and has implemented corrective actions to rectify the issue," the press release announcing the recall reads. "Pharmavite cares deeply about the health and safety of consumers and we apologize for any inconvenience."

Salmonella is a bacterium that can cause people to develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. Symptoms usually appear within 12 to 72 hours. While most people recover within a few days, some cases can become severe and require hospitalizations. Children, older adults, and people with impaired immune systems are at the greatest risk for complications.

Staphylococcus aureus is an organism that when present in food can cause food poisoning. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, retching, and abdominal cramping and usually appear quickly. In more severe cases headache, muscle cramping, and transient changes in blood pressure and pulse rate may also occur.

The lot numbers of the recalled items can be found on the back panel next to the expiration date. Consumers should not consume products that fall within the lots indicated and are encouraged to return them to their retailer for a full refund.

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