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Posted March 12, 2002

Recall of Multivitamin Due to Unsafe Bottling For Children

On March 12, 2002, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that Leiner Health Products, of Carson, Calif., in cooperation with CPSC, is voluntarily recalling about 14,000 bottles of dietary supplements containing iron. The supplements being recalled are not packaged in child-resistant packaging as required under the Poison Prevention Packaging Act. If ingested by children, these iron-containing supplements can cause serious injury or death.

CPSC and Leiner have not received any reports of injuries involving these products. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injuries.

The product included in the recall is "Nature's Valley, Women's Formula Multivitamin." The supplement was sold in a brown plastic bottle with a light yellow label. The bottles have UPC code "41163 27006" located on the back of the bottle The recalled product is packaged in containers of 60-tablets and have green screw-on caps. Only bottles with lot numbers IFA2750 and IFA2751 are included in the recall. The lot numbers are written vertically down the back of the bottle. Albertson's, Jewel, Osco, Sav-on and Acme sold these recalled supplement bottles nationwide from July 2001 through February 2002 for between $8 and $9.

Consumers should immediately remove the bottles from the reach of young children and return them to the store where purchased for a refund. For additional information, contact Leiner Health Products at (800) 421-1168 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday. Products sold since February 2002 have child-resistant packaging and are not included in this recall. A photograph of the product can be viewed at the Web address given below.