Vi-Jon has recalled a number of laxatives in an expanded recall after reports of serious adverse reactions to the products.

According to the recall notice, the affected Magnesium Citrate Saline Laxative Oral Solutions were pulled from store shelves due to potential microbial contamination from Gluconacetobacter liquefaciens.

The bacterium could cause serious, life-threatening infections in immunocompromised people if they consume the recalled product. Vi-Jon said it is investigating three reports of serious adverse reactions that may be linked to the recall.

The recalled Magnesium Citrate Saline Laxative Oral Solutions are used for the relief of occasional constipation, producing a bowel movement in 1/2 to six hours after consuming the product.

In this expanded recall, the company has now pulled all lots and flavors of the product, including cherry, grape, and lemon. The initial recall from Vi-Jon only included one lot of the lemon flavor sold at CVS, while a second recall impacted all lemon-flavored laxatives from the company sold at a number of retailers.

In the third expanded recall, the potentially contaminated laxatives were sold in 10 fl. oz. clear round plastic bottles at stores such as Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, Target, Meijer, Rite Aid, H-E-B, Publix, Kroger, and other retailers and wholesalers nationwide under a number of different brand names.

A complete list of the recalled can be viewed on the Food and Drug Administration’s website. Consumers who have the recalled laxatives in their possession should stop using the product and return any remaining portion to the place of purchase.

Questions about the recall can be directed to Vi-Jon by email at Consumers who experience any problems related to the affected laxatives are urged to contact their healthcare provider.

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