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Eclectic Institute Voluntarily Recalls Specific Dietary Supplements Containing Gotu Kola (Centella Asiatic) And Bladerwrack (Fuc

Posted Dec 21 2011 3:23pm
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Eclectic Institute, Inc.

Lisa Easler

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - December 20, 2011 -Eclectic Institute, Sandy, Oregon is voluntarily recalling specific lots of its freeze-dried capsules containing Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica) and Bladderwrack (Fucus vesiculosus) capsules because of potential Salmonella contamination.

Salmonella is 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, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, Salmonella infection 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.

Eclectic issued this voluntary recall because a routine audit of micro-testing records revealed that the micro-tests for one batch of Gotu Kola and one batch of Bladderwrack had conflicting lab results – one positive and one negative for Salmonella.

No adverse effects or illnesses have been reported to date in connection with either of these products.

The products that are subject of this voluntary recall were sold by several different methods. Eclectic Institute sold these products to retailers, individuals, and health practitioners throughout the United States. The affected lots of Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica) products were sold from September 14, 2011 to December 14, 2011. The affected lots of Bladderwrack (Fucus vesiculosus) products were sold from July 14, 2011 to December 14, 2011.

This recall affects only those products with the lot numbers listed in the table below. No other Eclectic Institute products are affected by this recall. All of the freeze-dried capsules were packaged in either glass or plastic bottles. Lot numbers can be found on the bottom of the label of the product.

The specific products affected by this recall are:

Product Name UPC Code Item Number Lot NumberCentella asiatica no UPC 1771945 15404 Gotu Kola 23363-30507 3050700G 15404

  23363-30907 3090700G 15404 23363-30907 3090700 15404 Ginkgo/Gotu Kola combination 23363-31503 3150300 15368 & 15487  
  23363-31503 3150300G 15368 & 15487 23363-31903 3190300 15368Fucus vesiculosus no UPC 1773645 15391   no UPC 1773690 15391 Bladderwrack 23363-30415 3041500 15186  
  23363-30515 3051500G 15391 & 15306 23363-30515 3051500 15391 23363-30915 3091500 15391 & 15306 23363-30915 3091500G 15187

Consumers in possession of any of these voluntarily recalled products are urged to return the product to Eclectic Institute’s headquarters in Sandy, Oregon, for a full refund. Customers can also contact Eclectic Institute via telephone at 800.332.4372, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, or by mail to 36350 SE Industrial Way, Sandy, OR.

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