Recall Issued For Natural Colic Remedy Amid Parasite Concerns

Health officials on Wednesday warned parents not to give their children a liquid herbal supplement that is marketed as a remedy for colic and teething pain because several bottles tested positive for a parasite that may have a sickened a 6-week-old infant in Minnesota.

Lab tests conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration confirmed the presence of Cryptosporidium, a parasite that can cause diarrhea and intestinal infections, in unopened bottles of apple-flavored Baby's Bliss Gripe Water, according to the state health department.

The supplement's s distributor, MOM Enterprises of San Rafael, has recalled about 17,600 bottles of the product that were being sold through the Internet and at retail stores nationwide, the health department said.

The Minnesota baby so far is the only person with a reported illness possibly linked to the product, which is sold in 4-ounce bottles and has an expiration date of October 2008.

MOM Enterprises could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday and no mention of a recall was posted on the company's Web site.

State health officials said that people infected with Cryptosporidium generally display symptoms within two to 10 days.

They advised consumers to discard any of the product they have and
to consult a pediatrician if it was consumed by a child who seems
sick.


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