The Rhode Island Department of Health is warning of a botulism risk with products sold by a Cranston store.
The Health Department is telling consumers to avoid juices, smoothies and sea moss gel from Health is Wealth Nutrition Center, which is located at 1674 Cranston Street.
No health issues have been associated with the products, but the Health Department is nevertheless telling consumers to throw them out.
Botulism is a rare but potentially fatal illness caused by a toxin that attacks the body’s nerves, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
The Health Department says it issued the warning because of the potential for processing, storage and control issues with the products. Inadequate processing allows for the survival of the toxin that can cause botulism, according to the Health Department.
Symptoms of botulism include weakness, dizziness, double vision and trouble speaking, swallowing, or breathing, according to the Health Department. Anyone with those symptoms should seek medical care.
The Health Department provided the following descriptions of the products:
– Health is Wealth Sea Moss Drink. The juice is sold in a variety of flavors including but not limited to Blackberry, Fruit Punch, Soursop Guanabana, Strawberry, Passion Fruit, Pineapple, Mango, Guava Guayaba, and Tamarind. These products are sold in 12oz and 16oz containers.
– Health is Wealth Sea Moss Smoothie. The smoothie is sold in a variety of flavors including but not limited to Pina Coloda, Peanut Punch, Soursop/Guanabana, Cinnamon Vanilla, and Mango. These products are sold in 12oz and 16oz containers.
– Health is Wealth Sea Moss Gel. The gel is sold in a variety of flavors including Sea Moss Bladderwrack Aloe Vera Gel, Sea Moss Bladderwrack Gel, and Sea Moss Gel. These products are sold in 16 oz containers.
– Health is Wealth Sea Moss Protein Shakes. The shakes are sold in a variety of flavors including but not limited to Peanut and Cinnamon. These products are sold in 12oz and 16oz containers.
Botulism can cause death due to respiratory failure, although survival rates have improved dramatically because of the development of antitoxin and modern medical care, according to the CDC.
Fifty years ago, death rates from botulism were 50%. Now, fewer than 5 of every 100 people with botulism die, the CDC says.
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