Goldenseal Root Powder sold on Amazon.com was recalled after a baby died from an infection when the powder was put on the baby’s umbilical cord. According to an alert posted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Maison Terre has recalled all lots of Organic Goldenseal Root Powder due to a risk of severe infections, surgery and death. The recall has been announced after the death of an infant who suffered fatal effects when the powder was applied to the child’s umbilical cord stump.
Details of the Recall
An FDA test on a sample of the powder found a number of disease-causing pathogens, especially a variety of deadly bacteria. Maison Terre purchased and re-sold the Goldenseal Root Powder from Starwest Botanicals, a bulk herb supplier based in Sacramento, California.
The recalled Goldenseal Powder is a yellow powder sold in a 1-ounce clear plastic bag. They were sold nationwide through Amazon.com between Jan. 25, 2015 and Aug. 4, 2020. The FDA warns that the use of this powder can cause infections necessitating treatment with antibiotics or even surgery. In infants or those with weakened immune systems, the use of this powder could prove fatal, according to the recall notice posted on the FDA’s website on Aug. 19.
What is Goldenseal?
Goldenseal is an herb whose dried root is used to make medicine to treat several conditions from the common cold and diarrhea to internal bleeding and cancer. However, there is not enough scientific evidence to determine whether or not it is an effective treatment for any of these conditions. Goldenseal contains the chemical berberine, which might have effects against bacteria and fungi. Berberine also has blood pressure- and cholesterol-lowering properties.
Using goldenseal during pregnancy or breastfeeding could be unsafe for infants, according to medical professionals. In fact, a hazardous chemical in goldenseal can cross the placenta and can also find its way into breast milk. Brain damage has developed in newborn infants exposed to goldenseal.
If You Have Been Affected
If you or your child has been affected by these dangerous products, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your losses. Drug companies are required to manufacture products that are safe for consumers. With drugs, testing is critical. If you have lost a loved one as the result of these products, you may be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit as well. An experienced product defect attorney will be able to advise you regarding your legal rights and options.