Recall Alert: Herbal Compress For Nursing Moms Recalled Over Possible Bacterial Contamination
ATTENTION MOTHERS WHO ARE BREASTFEEDING THEIR BABY
The WishGarden Herbs Happy Ducts Compress is an herbal product that is meant to be an external compress for nursing women’s breast tissue. WishGarden Herbs Happy Ducts Compress products were recalled due to several lots were found to be contaminated with the dangerous Cronobacter sakazakii bacteria. If a contaminated compress is used, the baby will be exposed to the bacteria due to product residue that may be left on the mothers’ skin. The bacteria is known to cause severe meningitis, sepsis, seizures, and death. The mothers could be at risk if the product is contaminated with Cronobacter sakazakii bacteria, and the compress is applied on broken skin.
FDA – December 4, 2020 – According to a recall notice published by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), WishGarden Herbs has announced a recall of 46 units of its herbal remedy due to possible Cronobacter Sakazakii bacteria contamination. Cronobacter sakazakii infections in infants can be fatal.
Cronobacter sakazakii is a rod-shaped, Gram-negative, pathogenic bacterium that thrives in very dry places. Cronobacter sakazakii is a very dangerous bacteria that can pose a serious health hazard for humans of all ages, especially the elderly and people with immunocompromising conditions. Cases of Cronobacter sakazakii illnesses are rare and usually involve adults.
Cronobacter Sakazakii Illnesses in Infants
Cronobacter sakazakii illnesses are often deadly for infants (<12 months old), especially low-birth-weight preterm neonatal infants. In infants, Cronobacter sakazakii often leads to severe meningitis, sepsis, and seizures. Infants with meningitis could develop brain infarcts or abscesses, hydrocephalus, and other dangerous complications that could cause long-term neurological conditions. The infant mortality rate for Cronobacter meningitis can be as high as 40%.
Cronobacter Sakazakii Illnesses in Persons of All Ages
Cronobacter sakazakii bacteria can generate urinary tract infections and wound infections. Individuals who are elderly or who have immunocompromising conditions might develop a bloodstream infection. Cronobacter sakazakii has been detected in the respiratory secretions of patients undergoing mechanical ventilation.
Identifying the Recalled WishGarden Herbs Happy Ducts Compress Products
A photograph of the product’s labeling can be found on the FDA’s website. The affected products have a lot number of 53664 and have an expiry date of “08/2022.” The lot # and expiration date of the product can be located above the product’s barcode. The herbal compresses come in a 3-ounce container with a UPC number 6-56490-20223-5. The WishGarden Herbs Happy Ducts Compress products were distributed through online retailers and select practitioners.
Customers who purchased a recalled WishGarden Herbs Happy Ducts Compress product are directed to “dispose of the product or mail the product to WishGarden Herbs headquarters for a full refund.”
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