DIETARY SUPPLEMENT recalled because of possible contamination

Tuesday, May 8th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

WASHINGTON (AP) _ A dietary supplement distributed nationally from February to May is being recalled because of possible salmonella contamination.

The recall involves 9,800 bottles of Nature's Plus brand supplements that contain the raw material pepsin, the manufacturer announced.

The dietary supplement was produced by Natural Organics of Melville, N.Y. The company said its products had tested negative for salmonella, but the recall was launched after random samples tested at a supplier, American Laboratories Inc., of Omaha, Neb., indicated the possibility of salmonella.

No illnesses have been associated with the product, but salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in children, the frail and the elderly. Healthy persons infected with salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.

The products being recalled are packaged in brown bottles with yellow and green labels. Lot numbers are on the bottom of each container. They were distributed between Feb. 12 and May 1.

They are:

_Digestive Enzyme, product number 4450, lot number 1008884.

_Nature Cleanse Botanicleanse Tabs, product number 1138, lot number 1008597.

_Betaine HCL, product number 4370, lot number 1006874.

_Ultra-Zyme, product numbers 4452 and 4453, lot numbers 1007116, 1007110, 1005942, 1005943, 1009596, 1009520, 1007562 and 1006906.

Consumers can return the products to the place of purchase for a refund. Those with questions can contact the company at 631-293-1170, extension 474.