The U.S. Food and Drug Administration requested the seizure of an elderberry juice product distributed by Wyldewood Cellars, Inc., based in Peck, Kan.
The seizure request occurred after a complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court of Kansas. The complaint alleged that Wyldewood, which operates a store in Lawrence at 835 Mass., continued to make unproven claims about its product, including that the juice could treat or prevent AIDS, diabetes and the flu, according to a news release issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
But there are no allegations that the product is harmful, and it can still be ingested.
John Brewer, president of Wyldewood, said the products that are still in stores can be sold, but the company is prohibited from distributing any more of the product until changes are made to labels and other sales material.