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Nationwide Recall of American Health & Herbs Ministry Eye Rinse Products

Contact:
Rev. Truman Berst
541-791-8400

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Albany, NY -- December 2, 2004 -- Alternative Health & Herbs Remedies of Albany, OR, announced today that it is conducting a voluntary nationwide recall of all lots of four American Health & Herbs Ministry brand eye rinse products. These include Eye Rinse Concentrate formula 1036 live concentrated herbal tincture, White Willow Bark 3193 live concentrated herbal tincture, Fennel Seed 3126 live concentrated herbal tincture and Elderberry Flower 3247 live concentrated herbal tincture. Products are packaged in 2 oz. and 8 oz. brown glass bottles. This recall follows a FDA inspection which concluded manufacturing conditions and controls were insufficient to produce a sterile product. Non-sterile eye drops pose an unacceptable risk of causing eye infections, which in rare cases could lead to blindness.

Approximately 300 bottles of these products have been distributed nationwide since November 1, 2002. All lots of these four products are subject to this recall action, irrespective of the lot number and expiration date shown on the bottle.

Consumers who may have any of these products on hand are advised not to use them as eye drops or eye washes. Consumers are asked to return them to Alternative Health & Herbs Remedies, P.O. Box 217, Albany, OR 97321 or discard them and send Alternative Health & Herbs Remedies a purchase receipt for a full refund. Consumers with questions may call Alternative Health & Herbs Remedies at 1-800-345-4152.

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