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Category Press Release
Publish Date 4/18/2018
Author Paul Cochrane
Title Potential Salmonella Contamination Causes California Company to Recall Dietary Fiber Supplement
Introduction LA Testing provides comprehensive supplement and food testing services to identify pathogens to help prevent costly product recalls.

Huntington Beach, CA, April 18th, 2018

Recently, a Southern California maker of dietary supplements issued a nationwide recall of a fiber supplement due to contamination concerns. The product lot in question was sold through Amazon and consumers are being urged to return the supplement for a full refund.

The company recall notice, posted by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), states the product is being recalled, “…because it may 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.” At the time of the announcement, there had fortunately been no reports of any illnesses.

Salmonella is a type of bacteria that is all too frequently associated with product recalls,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager at LA Testing’s Huntington Beach facility. “Supplements and food items contaminated with Salmonella can make anyone sick. This is why it’s so important that companies test raw materials and final products to ensure any issues are caught before products reach consumers.”

Many types of raw ingredients and food items are susceptible to contamination from Salmonella and other microbial pathogens, such as E. coli or Listeria. To help prevent illnesses, outbreaks and costly product recalls, LA Testing offers comprehensive microbial testing services that are available to food manufacturers, importers, retailers, regulators, health officials and the general public. LA Testing’s parent company has also created an educational video about Salmonella that can be seen at: https://youtu.be/EW_aOUl0cag.  

To learn more about testing for foodborne pathogens or other food testing and labeling services, please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call (800) 755-1794. 

About LA Testing

LA Testing is California’s leading laboratory for indoor air quality testing of asbestos, mold, lead, VOCs, formaldehyde, soot, char, ash and smoke damage, particulates and other chemicals.  In addition, LA Testing offers a full range of air sampling and investigative equipment to professionals and the general public. LA Testing maintains an extensive list of accreditations including: AIHA LAP LLC., AIHA ELLAP, AIHA EMLAP and AIHA IHLAP, CDC Elite, NVLAP, State of California, State of Hawaii Department of Health and other states.  LA Testing, along with the EMSL Analytical, Inc. network, has multiple laboratories throughout California including South Pasadena, Huntington Beach, San Leandro and San Diego.

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