Thursday, October 01, 2020
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is advising consumers to avoid juices, smoothies, and sea moss gel purchased from Health is Wealth Nutrition Center located at 1674 Cranston Street in Cranston.
According to RIDOH, it is because of the potential for processing, storage, and control issues with these products. The products under investigation include:
- Health is Wealth Sea Moss Drink. This juice is sold in a variety of flavors including but not limited to Blackberry, Fruit Punch, Soursop Guanabana, Strawberry, Passion Fruit, Pineapple, Mango, Guava Guayaba, and Tamarind. These products are sold in 12oz and 16oz containers.
- Health is Wealth Sea Moss Smoothie. This smoothie is sold in a variety of flavors including but not limited to Pina Coloda, Peanut Punch, Soursop/Guanabana, Cinnamon Vanilla, and Mango. These products are sold in 12oz and 16oz containers.
- Health is Wealth Sea Moss Gel. This gel is sold in a variety of flavors including Sea Moss Bladderwrack Aloe Vera Gel, Sea Moss Bladderwrack Gel, and Sea Moss Gel. These products are sold in 16 oz containers.
- Health is Wealth Sea Moss Protein Shakes. These shakes are sold in a variety of flavors including but not limited to Peanut and Cinnamon. These products are sold in 12oz and 16oz containers.
“Inadequate processing allows for the survival of the toxin that can cause Botulism,” said RIDOH. “Botulism can cause weakness, dizziness, double vision and trouble speaking, swallowing, or breathing. People experiencing these symptoms should seek medical attention.”
RIDOH said anyone in possession of the products should discard them; they noted that no illnesses have been associated with these products.
“This was never a licensed food business,” said Joseph Wendelken with RIDOH. “It is not currently operating.”
“We are telling people to avoid these products and discard them. They are not sold anywhere right now,” he added. “The products were embargoed by RIDOH. However, people could have procured them already. We are doing an investigation into how long the products were available for.”