Wellesse Digestive 3 in 1 Health Recall

Date: June 4, 2012
What: Wellesse Digestive 3 in 1 Health
Why: Salmonella contamination
Scope: Nationwide

Botanical Laboratories of Ferndale, Washington is recalling 38 bottles of 33.8 oz. Digestive 3 in 1 Health liquid dietary supplement and 275 bottles of 16 oz. Digestive Health 3 in 1 liquid dietary supplement, because a supplier of one of the ingredients indicated the ingredient has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience 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.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

On May 29, 2012, Botanical Laboratories was informed by raw ingredient supplier Corn Product Int. that Purimune (Galacto Oligosaccharide), an ingredient used to make Digestive 3 in 1 Health, tested positive for Salmonella. To date, raw material received and tested by Botanical Laboratories tested negative for Salmonella and no lots of Digestive 3 in 1 Health final product have tested positive for Salmonella.

Botanical Laboratories is recalling the following:

  • the 16 oz. size has "LOT 34441C (followed by a four digit time code)A EXP 03/2014" jet coded on the bottom of the bottle; and
  • the 33.8 oz. size has "LOT 34552C (followed by a four digit time code)A EXP 03/2014" jet coded on the bottom of the bottle.

Both Digestive 3 in 1 Health 16 oz. and 33.8 oz. products are packaged in white plastic bottles with a full body shrink sleeve label. The label is predominantly orange with green trim and print. The brand Wellesse appears across a white band at the top of the bottle in blue print. The product name Digestive 3 in 1 Health is printed on the front of the label in white with green trimmed print.

Both 33.8 oz. and 16 oz. Digestive 3 in 1 Health were distributed nationwide through retail stores and online retailers. The product was distributed after 05/01/2012.

Consumers who purchased Wellesse Digestive 3 in 1 Health with one of the above referenced lot numbers are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Botanical Laboratories at 1-800-232-4005.

Consumers with questions about food safety can Ask Heidi, a certified food safety professional.