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Consumer Advisory: MDARD Urges Consumers to Dispose of Royalty Sea Moss Lemonade and Gel Products Because of Possible Health Risk
October 17, 2022
LANSING - The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) is advising consumers not to eat, drink, or consume any sea moss lemonade or gel products produced by Royalty Sea Moss of Mt. Pleasant, MI.
MDARD initiated the investigation after receiving a complaint from the Maryland Department of Health, Office of Food Protection. During the investigation, MDARD identified the firm produced these products with inadequate processing controls required to stop the growth of deadly foodborne pathogens including botulism. In addition to inadequate process controls the firm does not hold a license to manufacture, hold, or sell food products, which is a violation of the Michigan Food Law of 2000, P.A. 92, MCL 289.5101(1).
Improperly processed beverages and food products may have the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a tasteless and odorless bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death.
Botulism, a potentially fatal form of food poisoning, can cause the following symptoms: 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 problems should seek immediate medical attention.
No illnesses have been reported at this time. Consumers are warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled.
Products were primarily distributed across the U.S. through the firm’s website, and social media platforms. Products advertised on their website lack adequate and consistent labeling including but not limited to ingredient statements, lot codes, and sell by dates.
• Regular Sea Moss Gel
• Fruit Flavored Sea Moss Gel:
o Mixed Berry with Blueberry Strawberry Raspberry
o Pineapple Cherry Strawberry
o Peach Strawberry Flavor
o Strawberry Dragon fruit
o Mango Pineapple
o Strawberry Banana
Sea Moss Lemonade:
o Blue Raspberry
o Strawberry Peach
o Green Apple
o Pink Strawberry
o Strawberry Lemonade
o Strawberry Kiwi
o Fruit Punch
If consumers have additional questions or concerns, they may contact MDARD at 800-292-3939, Monday through Friday between 8 am and 5 pm.