November 17, 2014 — Following the death of an infant, Solgar, Inc. has issued a recall for ABC Dophilus powder after testing confirmed the presence of an infection-causing bacteria.
The powder is a dietary supplement that is marketed as a “blend of beneficial friendly bacteria specially formulated for the infant and child.”
Unfortunately, testing by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found that product contained Rhizopus oryzae, which can cause Mucormycosis, a rare but potentially deadly infection.
Mucormycosis is uncommon in healthy adults, but it can cause serious health problems for premature infants, children, and people with weakened immune systems. In most cases, the prognosis is poor.
According to the FDA recall:
“ABC Dophilus was used as part of the in-hospital course of treatment for a very preterm infant (under 32 week gestation) who suffered from multiple complications, including intestinal mucormycosis, and died on October 11, 2014.”
Risk-factors for infection include uncontrolled diabetes, cancer, organ transplant, neutropenia (low white blood cells), and skin trauma (cuts, scrapes, punctures, or burns).
Solgar is asking consumers not to use the product. They have stopped selling ABC Dophilus while they continue to investigate the source of the problem.
The recalled bottles are labeled with the UPC Code: 0 33984 00010 0 with the following lot numbers: 074024-01R1, 074024-01 and 074024-02. The expiration date is July, 31, 2015.
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