Sorghum made in Missouri has tested extremely high for nitrates.
State Health Officials are urging people to throw out sorghum made by Ozark Country Sorghum in Dunnegan, Missouri.
Officials at the State Hygienic Lab say high nitrates can be hazardous if consumed by infants and children.
Two possible cases of possible methemoglobinemia are being investigated, associated with the consumption of the sorghum.
“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.”
Signs and symptoms of methemoglobinemia include shortness of breath, cyanosis, confusion, headache, fatigue, exercise intolerance, weakness and dizziness. Persons with methemoglobinemia should be evaluated by a clinician and are sometimes treated with supplemental oxygen and methylene blue  1% solution.
State officials are working to have the product recalled and to further investigate this product with their counterparts in Missouri. Officials with the Johnson County Public Health Department, too, are investigating an illness associated with the consumption of sorghum. Sorghum is often used by some populations in the preparation of infant formulas and toddler foods.
Consumers who have purchased Pure Missouri Ozark Country Sorghum should throw it out.
The sorghum is packaged in one pint and one quart jars and may be available at grocery stores, specialty retail stores, and country stores, or available from online suppliers. Consumers should not return the product to the store.