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Posted December 18, 2018

Metal Flakes Reported in Zarbee's Naturals Gummy Multivitamin

Metal flakes were found in a bottle of Zarbee's Naturals Complete Toddler Multivitamin gummies and at least one other Zarbee's product, according to reports by Fox 13 News (Salt Lake City) and USA Today.

On December 11, 2018, Kansas mother Samantha Anderson posted on her Facebook page that she discovered the metal flakes at the bottom of her daughter's bottle of Zarbee's and embedded in the surface of some of the vitamins. An x-ray revealed metal in her daughter's intestine, and the family has been told to watch for symptoms such as bloody stools, pain or fever. Anderson said she has also notified the FDA.

After seeing the Facebook post, a second mother checked her children's Zarbee's products and reported finding "metal pieces and black specs" in a bottle of Zarbee's Naturals Children's Cough Dark Honey

On December 16, Zarbee's stated on Facebook: "We take every consumer concern seriously and are actively investigating this recent complaint about our Gummy Vitamins with the utmost urgency and care. Nothing is more important to us than our consumer's health and safety. We ask that if you have observed anything unusual about your Zarbee's product, please call us at 1-877-528-0420."

Zarbee's manufacturing facility was inspected by the FDA in 2015, and the company received two letters from the agency indicating noncompliance with current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) for dietary supplements. In 2014, the Zarbee's was warned by the FDA for making health claims that are not permitted for dietary supplements. (See the most recent list of supplement companies that have been inspected and/or issued warning letters by the FDA, here).

See's Multivitamin/Multimineral Review for tests of related products, including gummy multivitamins for adults and children.

Also see our answer to the question: Is there cause for concern with gummy vitamins? There are many different gummies out there. Are some better than others?

To read the complete USA Today article, use the link below.