CRANSTON, RI — All Rhode Islanders are urged to avoid consuming any juices, smoothies or sea moss gel bought from Health is Wealth Nutrition Center in Cranston. Processing issues could lead to the presence of Botulism in the products, the Rhode Island Department of Health said.
According to the department, the products could have issues with processing, storage and control. These issues could allow the toxin that causes Botulism to survive. If ingested, the illness can cause weakness, dizziness, double vision and trouble speaking, swallowing or breathing.
The department is investigating the following products:
- Health is Wealth Sea Moss drink: Sold in 12 and 16oz containers in a variety of flavors including blackberry, fruit punch, soursop guanabana, strawberry, passion fruit, pineapple, mango, guava guayaba and tamarind.
- Health is Wealth Sea Moss smoothie: Sold in 12 and 16oz containers. Flavors include pina coloda, peanut punch, soursop/guanabana, cinnamon vanilla and mango.
- Health is Wealth Sea Moss gel: Sold in 16oz containers in flavors such as sea moss bladderwrack aloe vera gel, sea moss bladderwrack gel, and sea moss gel.
- Health is Wealth Sea Moss protein shakes: Sold in 12 and 16 oz sizes in flavors including peanut and cinnamon.
The department urged anyone who already bought these products to throw them away immediately, and seek medical attention if they develop any signs of illness.