Some people believe that taking a daily vitamin can improve their health and boost their immune systems. What they probably don’t envision when popping one of those pills or gummies is becoming ill. For that reason, Pharmavite is recalling several varieties of its popular Nature Made vitamins that may be contaminated with salmonella or staph.
Pharmavite recalled the Nature Made products sold nationwide on Tuesday following the discovery that the gummies were not properly tested for certain contaminations and could contain salmonella or Staphylococcus aureus.
Salmonella and staphylococcus aureus are both bacteria tied to food poisoning — salmonella is associated with fever, diarrhea and abdominal cramps. Staphylococcus aureus, often shortened to staph, can cause blisters and boils in addition to infections in the bloodstream, bone tissue and joints.
“We are initiating this recall out of an abundance of caution to protect public health,” the company said. “Pharmavite has identified the cause of the error, is taking the matter very seriously and has implemented corrective actions to rectify the issue.”
The company says it is “working closely” with the Food and Drug Administration to remove products from store shelves and notify customers and distributors.
The following products are being recalled:
In addition to recalling products for possible salmonella and staph contamination, Pharmavite says it will also pull some lots of other Nature Made products “out of an abundance of caution.”
Those products include: