Recalls: dietary supplements, carob snacks

AP News
Posted: Dec 11, 2009 9:21 PM

The following recalls have been announced:

_ Atlas Operations Inc. is recalling dietary supplements for sexual enhancement sold under about 37 brand names. The products might contain an ingredient not declared on their labels. The undeclared ingredient is similar to a Food and Drug Administration-approved drug used to treat erectile dysfunction, making these recalled products not approved drugs.

The interaction of the ingredient with some prescription drugs could lower blood pressure to dangerous levels. No illnesses or incidents have been reported, according to the Pompano Beach, Fla., company.

The products are being sold as dietary supplements online and in retail stores throughout the nation. Laboratory results found that products tested from certain batches of these brands contain the undeclared ingredient: Rock Hard, 72 Hours, Stamin It, Finally On Demand, Sexual Surge, Staminil and Vierect.

The recalled products have the following numbers in the middle of their lot codes: 494, 520C, 520B, 520A, 520, 521, 705, 706, 779 or 807. For more information, consumers can call 800-466-4444.

_Simple Foods Inc., of Tonawanda, N.Y., is recalling prepackaged varieties of Carob Cups, Carob Squares and Carob Rice Cakes because they may contain undeclared traces of milk. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The products are Carob Peanut Butter Cups, Carob Almond Butter Cups, Carob Mint Creme Cups and pre-packaged Carob Brown Rice Crunch, pre-packaged Carob Peanut Butter Squares, pre-packaged Crispy Carob Peanut Butter Squares, pre-packaged Carob Coated Rice Cakes, pre-packaged Carob Coated Mint Rice Cakes and pre-packaged Carob Almond Butter Coated Rice Cakes. They were distributed to local retail health food stores and food co-ops in the following states: California, Connecticut, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Wisconsin

Consumers who bought these products may return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Those with questions may contact Simple Foods at 716-743-8850.