On June 7, 2016, Pharmavite LLC, the makers of an expansive line of Nature Made vitamins quietly announced a recall of several of its vitamins amid fear that the vitamins had been exposed to Salmonella and/or Staphylococcus aureus (Staph) contamination during the manufacturing process. While this recall was said to be made “out of an abundance of caution,” we can confirm that at least some consumers of these vitamins were in fact exposed to and made sick by Salmonella and Staph and we are representing people all over the country in their claims against the California vitamin manufacturer. If you think you may have been exposed to Salmonella and/or Staph after ingesting the Nature Made vitamins at issue, we encourage you to CONTACT US for a FREE consultation at (415) 345-4282 to discuss your claim and how you can recover the money you are entitled to for your sickness. We recommend that you do not speak (further) to representatives from Pharmavite LLC or the retailer from whom you purchased the vitamins before first speaking to us. You are entitled to far more than a product refund.
The Nature Made vitamins at issue were sold by various major retailers across the country, including Costco, who issued this statement. At the time of the recall, many consumers received letters from Pharmavite LLC alerting them of the recall and the particular risk to which they may have been exposed as certain vitamins were only exposed to either Salmonella or Staph; not both. For example, Pharmavite’s position on the Super B Complex w/ C Folic Acid vitamins is that they were only potentially exposed to Staph. That said, it was not always possible to identify the person that purchased the contaminated vitamins, so not every person that was potentially victimized was made aware via a direct mailing.
Which Nature Made Vitamins Were Recalled?
The following vitamins have been recalled due to potential exposure to Salmonella and/or Staph:
Nature Made Adult Gummies Multi vitamins: (LOT NUMBERS: 1196071, 1196066 and 1205052)
Nature Made Adult Gummies Multi + Omega-3: (LOT NUMBER: 1173600)
Nature Made Adult Gummies Multi for Her plus Omega-3s: (LOT NUMBERS: 1196048 and 1196050)
Nature Made Super B Complex w/C Folic Acid Tablets: (LOT NUMBERS: 1204735, 1173146, 1173779, 1204001 and 1170987)
*You may find the lot numbers on the back panel of the bottle, next to the expiration date.
What is Staphylococcus aureus (Staph) and How Will It Affect Me?
The presence of Staph aureus toxin in food may lead to food poisoning. The onset of symptoms in staphylococcal food poisoning is usually rapid and in many cases acute, depending on individual susceptibility to the toxin, the amount of contaminated food eaten, the amount of toxin in the food ingested, and the general health of the victim. The most common symptoms are nausea, vomiting, retching, abdominal cramping, and prostration. Some individuals may not always demonstrate all the symptoms associated with the illness. In more severe cases, headache, muscle cramping, and transient changes in blood pressure and pulse rate may occur.
What is Salmonella and How Will It Affect Me?
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.
Cases involving product recalls are not the type of case that consumers can handle on their own as these cases can be complex, time-consuming and expensive. Furthermore, Pharmavite LLC, would like to offer you a full refund and an apology as opposed to compensating you for what you have been through as a result of their haste and negligence. Our San Francisco personal injury lawyers are experts at taking on large corporations and making sure you receive fair compensation for your sickness, missed wages and pain and suffering. If you or a loved one has been made sick as a result of taking these recalled Nature Made vitamins, CONTACT US today for a FREE consultation at (415) 345-4282 to discuss your case, your rights and how you can recover the money you are entitled to for your injuries.