Printer Friendly

FDA ANNOUNCES RECALL OF POWDERED PRODUCTS

 WASHINGTON, June 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The Food and Drug Administration today announced the recall of products dried and/or packaged at Maple Island Inc., a food processing plant at Wanamingo, Minn., because of Salmonella contamination.
 The firm processes dry soy- and milk-based infant formulas and other products for 11 companies as well as for sale under its own labels. FDA's action included powdered infant formulas, medical foods, whole milk powder, non-fat dry milk, ice cream mixes, powdered drink for meal replacement and a powdered supplement for use by lactating or pregnant women.
 All of the products under recall were spray dried and/or packaged in the Wanamingo plant since Nov. 4, 1992, the earliest date to which FDA sampling traced the Salmonella contamination.
 FDA initiated investigation of Maple Island Inc. after Canadian authorities reported on May 18 that two infants who had consumed Soyalac formula spray-dried at the Wanamingo plant had developed salmonellosis, a disease that can be life-threatening for very young children.
 On June 3, after initial FDA and company sampling identified Salmonella contamination of various products, the plant voluntarily stopped its drying operations, undertook a major cleanup of the facility, and began the recall. After additional FDA sampling, Maple Island Inc. shut down its packing operations and expanded the recall.
 In addition to Maple Island Inc., FDA informed of the recall action the following firms whose products are processed at the Wanamingo plant:
 -- Nutricia Inc., Mt. Vernon, Ohio, which distributes Soyalac Infant Formula. The company previously announced two separate recalls of all of its powdered Soyalac products and is now recalling all lots of Soyalac powder in 14 ozs. cans.
 -- Sherwood Medical Co., St. Louis, which sells Sumacal, a medical food supplement distributed to medical suppliers, hospitals and nursing homes, and Propac, a protein supplement. The company is recalling two lots of Sumacal 14 ozs. cans lot no. 964934 and 964935 and one lot of Propac no. 965064 in 12.3 ozs. cans. Institutions and consumers who have purchased these products should call 800-325-7472 for instructions.
 -- Ross Laboratories, Columbus, Ohio, which distributes Similac Infant Formula and Formance, a nutritional supplement for pregnant or lactating women. The company said no Similac formula from the plant left its warehouses, and Formance is only sold abroad.
 -- Wyeth Nutritional Inc., Georgia, Vt., which sells Promil, a weaning formula; Enercal, a diet beverage; and Enercal Plus, which can be used for convalescing patients. All three products are only sold abroad.
 -- Dean Distribution Inc., Burlingame, Calif., which sells Medibase medical meal replacement. FDA is working with the firm to determine which products to recall.
 Consumers who have purchased any of these products -- other than Sumacal and Propac -- are advised to return them to the point of purchase. All foreign distributors of these products are being advised of this recall.
 FDA has not yet been informed how much of the Wanamingo plant's production that might be contaminated has reached the retail sector.
 The agency is continuing to identify companies whose products were dried and/or packaged at the plant since November. FDA has focused its efforts on infant formulas and medical foods because infants and the elderly are most vulnerable to salmonellosis.
 FDA is not aware of any illnesses caused in the United States by the products under recall.
 FDA is one of eight agencies of the Public Health Service.
 -0- 6/28/93
 /NOTE: Attention TV broadcasters: Please use open caption for the hearing impaired./
 /CONTACT: Chris Lecos of the Food and Drug Administration, 202-205-4144 or, after hours, 703-354-4418/


CO: Food and Drug Administration; Maple Island Inc. ST: District of Columbia, Minnesota IN: MTC SU:

TW-DC -- DC040 -- 6465 06/28/93 17:56 EDT
COPYRIGHT 1993 PR Newswire Association LLC
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 1993 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:PR Newswire
Date:Jun 28, 1993
Words:609
Previous Article:PANETTA AND ROSTENKOWSKI SAY BTU TAX STILL ON THE TABLE; ALLIANCE PREPARES FOR CONFERENCE COMMITTEE SHOWDOWN
Next Article:/C O R R E C T I O N -- FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION/
Topics:


Related Articles
/C O R R E C T I O N -- FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION/
MAPLE ISLAND AND FDA ANNOUNCE INFANT FORMULA RECALL
Abbott Laboratories recalls bulk form of cyclosporine for safety reasons, says no threat to patients.
Wyeth Nutrition Initiates Voluntary Recall of Selected Store Brand Infant Formula From U.S. Marketplace.
China's tainted milk found in U.S. products.

Terms of use | Copyright © 2016 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters