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Unlicensed manufacturer recalls Sea Moss due to Botulism Risk
The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has recalled lemonade and gel products sold by Royalty Sea Moss.
After a complaint from the Maryland Department of Health, an investigation found that Royalty Sea Moss, based out of Mt. Pleasant, MI, produced products with inadequate processing controls that are needed to stop the growth of foodborne pathogens, according to the department.
Royalty Sea Moss also does not have a license to manufacture, hold or sell products, which is a violation against the Michigan Food Law of 2000, officials said.
The following are products noted by the department for having inadequate labeling, including ingredient statements, lot codes and sell-by dates:
Regular Sea Moss Gel
Fruit Flavored Sea Moss Gel:
- Mixed Berry with Blueberry Strawberry Raspberry
- Pineapple Cherry Strawberry
- Peach Strawberry Flavor
- Strawberry Dragon fruit
- Mango Pineapple
- Strawberry Banana
Sea Moss Lemonade:
- Blue Raspberry
- Strawberry Peach
- Green Apple
- Pink Strawberry
- Strawberry Lemonade
- Strawberry Kiwi
- Fruit Punch
Improperly processed food and drink has the chance to be contaminated with clostridium botulinum, an odorless bacteria which can cause life-threatening illness or even death, according to the department.
No illnesses have been reported, but consumers are warned not to use the product, even if it doesn’t look or smell spoiled, according to the department.