AMS Health Sciences, LLC, of Oklahoma City, recalled 2014 bottles of Saba Shark Cartilage Complex due to possible Salmonella contamination. A single lot of Saba Shark Cartilage Complex is the subject of the recall as a result of a sample from one bottle that tested positive for Salmonella. This product is packaged in black screw-top bottles with the brand name “saba” in red letters, the product name “shark cartilage complex” in white letters, and a net quantity statement of “500 mg 60 capsules” in small white letters.
Product from the affected lot can be identified by the Lot Number 416349 and an expiration date of 08/16, both of which are printed in black letters inside a white rectangle that is adjacent to the products “Suggested Use” instructions. Product from this lot was sold to consumers through the internet site www.sabaforlife.com during the period of February through August 2014. Shark cartilage pills are marketed for pumping up the immune system and for joint and mobility support.
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 (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. 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.
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See also Medical Law Perspectives, April 2013 Report: Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Practitioner Liability