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In Brief: Liquid ginseng recall in Massachusetts

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

Liquid ginseng recall in Massachusetts: Retailers asked to voluntarily remove liquid ginseng extract products from state store shelves because they may contain high levels of undeclared alcohol. Massachusetts asks stores Aug. 8 at least to remove the products, sold in 9.5-10 mL vials, from point-of-purchase areas or locations easily accessed by children and further urges the products not be sold to minors "under any circumstances." The request was prompted by a report of an 11-year-old boy who experienced chest pains and heart palpitations after ingesting a vial of Chocolate Mint Ginseng purchased in the candy section of a store. The New York Food & Agriculture Department issued a recall of ginseng products July 10 following discovery that the products may contain undeclared amounts of alcohol ranging from 2%-24% ("The Tan Sheet" July 21, In Brief). The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms is working with New York on analyzing the products to determine their content...

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