October 20, 2014 — AMS Health Sciences, LLC, is recalling Saba Shark Cartilage Complex due to possible contamination with Salmonella, a bacteria that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections.
Fortunately, no illnesses have been reported to the manufacturer.
The recall was issued after a single lot of the product tested positive for Salmonella. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
The FDA warns:
“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.”
Saba Shark Cartilage is a dietary supplement that was sold online from February through August 2014. It is marketed as a natural supplement for joint and muscle health, working to support grip strength, physical performance, and overall health.
The product is packaged in a black screw-top bottle containing 60 pills (500-mg), with the brand-name “Saba” in red letters and “Shark Cartilage Complex” in white letters. Products from the recalled lot can be identified by the Lot Number 416349 and an expiration date of 08/16.
In August, Saba ACE (Appetite Control and Energy) was linked to a case of liver failure that required a transplant. The 35 year-old woman took just three pills in a two-day period before developing jaundice, brain damage due to toxins in her blood, and other side effects.
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