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HEALTH Advises Consumers to Be Aware of Product Recalls

PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) advises Rhode Islanders that they should not consume certain products manufactured by Protica Inc. of Whitehall, PA. The products are being voluntarily recalled by Protica Inc. because they may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, bacteria that can cause life-threatening illness or death.

The specific products being recalled include Body Choice "Protein Shots," Nutritional Resources "Protein Wave," ProBalance "Protein to Go French Vanilla Latte" and "Protein to Go Milk Chocolate Shake." Consumers should visit http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm316820.htm for information about specific dates and lots of the products that are being recalled. No illnesses have been reported in Rhode Island.

Consumers are warned not to use these products, even if they do not look or smell spoiled.

Symptoms of botulism, a potentially fatal form of food poisoning, can include general weakness, dizziness, double vision and trouble with speaking or swallowing. Difficulty in breathing, weakness of other muscles, abdominal distension and constipation may also be common symptoms. People experiencing these symptoms should seek immediate medical attention.

In addition, HEALTH advises consumers that they should not consume certain lots of Daniella brand mangoes because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. The products are being voluntarily recalled by produce distributor Splendid.

The recalled mangoes, a product of Mexico, were sold as individual fruit and can be identified by the Daniella brand sticker and one of the following PLU numbers: 3114, 4051, 4311, 4584 or 4959.

Most people infected with salmonella bacteria develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment. Older adults, infants and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness from salmonella infection.

Consumers should visit http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm317463.htm for more information about this recall. No illnesses have been reported in Rhode Island.

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Department or agency: Department of Health

Online: http://www.health.ri.gov

Release date: 08-30-2012

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