Toss out Ozark County Sorghum, IDPH says

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The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has issued a consumer advisory for Ozark County Sorghum due to high nitrate levels. “If you have it in your kitchen, you should throw it away,” the IDPH said. Photo courtesy IDPH

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has issued a consumer advisory for Ozark County Sorghum due to high nitrate levels.

Two possible cases of methemoglobinemia associated with the consumption of this product are currently being investigated by the IDPH.

“The bottom line is that no one should eat this product,” said IDPH Medical Director Dr. Caitlin Pedati. “If you have it in your kitchen, you should throw it away.”

Methemoglobinemia is a blood disorder in which an abnormal amount of methemoglobin is produced. Hemoglobin is the protein in red blood cells that carries and distributes oxygen to the body, and methemoglobin is a form of hemoglobin.

Nitrites are often used as preservatives in foods.

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