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|Release # 93-101
Solgar Co. Recalls Improperly Packaged
Iron Products That Could Cause Serious Illness
PRODUCT: Five iron-containing dietary supplement
products manufactured and sold by Solgar Company, Inc. The products are: "Natural
Amino Acid Chelated Iron," "Gentle Iron Vegicaps," "Hematinic
Formula," "Prenatal Nutrients," and "Trace Elements."
Approximately 17,500 bottles of the recalled products were sold in brown glass bottles
with yellow screw-on caps between January 1, 1993 and mid-April 1993. The products were
sold in health food and nutrition stores nationwide.
PROBLEM: The products were not put in child-resistant packaging as required by the Poison
Prevention Packaging Act. Even though the firm and CPSC know of no poisoning incidents due
to the Solgar brand iron tablets and capsules, CPSC is aware of many ingestions and at
least 11 deaths in 1991 from other iron-containing products.
WHAT TO DO: Consumers with any of the recalled products should immediately return the
unused portion of the bottles to the stores where purchased or return the product to
Solgar Co., Inc. 410 Ocean Avenue, Lynbrook, NY 11563, Attention: Recall, for a complete
refund of the purchase price plus postage.
WASHINGTON, DC --- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC),
Solgar Company, Inc. of Lynbrook, NY is voluntarily recalling five dietary supplement
products containing iron. The products being recalled include all sized bottles of Solgar
brand "Natural Amino Acid Chelated Iron," " Gentle Iron Vegicaps,"
"Hematinic Formula," "Prenatal Nutrients," and "Trace
Elements." These five iron-containing products were not put in child-resistant
packaging as required by the Poison Prevention Packaging Act. The lack of child-resistant
packaging means that a child could easily access and accidentally swallow the iron tablets
or capsules. Each bottle of the recalled products contains enough iron that, if consumed
by a child at one time, could cause serious illness or death.
The five recalled products were sold in brown glass bottles with yellow screw-on metal
caps. Each product comes in several package sizes ranging from 50 to 1000 tablets or
capsules per bottle. The bottles' paper labels read, in part:
- "NATURAL AMINO ACID CHELATED* IRON . . .
Sugar, Salt and Starch Free . . . VEGETARIAN FORMULA . . . 100 [or 250, 500, 1000] TABLETS
. . . Each tablet provides Iron Amino Acid Chelate 300 mg equivalent to elemental Iron 30
- "GENTLE IRON (IRON BISGLYCINATE) . . . 30 mg .
. . NON- CONSTIPATING* . . . VEGETARIAN FORMULA . . . 90 [or 180] VEGICAPS . . . Each
vegicap provides 175 mg of Iron Bisglycinate (Ferrochel) equivalent to 30 mg of elemental
- "HEMATINIC FORMULA . . . CONTAINS THE BLOOD
BUILDING FACTORS IRON, LIVER, VITAMIN B-12 & FOLIC ACID PLUS VITAMIN C . . . 100 [or
250] TABLETS . . . Each three tablets provide: Iron (Amino Acid Chelate**) . . . 45 mg,
250% of U.S. RDA."
- "PRENATAL NUTRIENTS . . . Multi-Vitamin &
Mineral Formula For Pregnant and Lactating Women . . . VEGETARIAN FORMULA . . . 60 [or
120] TABLETS . . . Four (4) tablets provide: Iron (chelate) . . . 45 mg."
- "TRACE ELEMENTS . . . HYDROLYZED VEGETABLE
MINERAL PROTEIN CHELATES AND COMPLEXES . . . VEGETARIAN FORMULA . . . 50 [or 100, 250]
TABLETS . . . Each tablet provides: Iron (Hydrolyzed Protein Chelate) . . . 18 mg, 100%
All of the bottles also carry the statement
"Manufactured by The Solgar Vitamin Co. Inc., Lynbrook, NY 11563, U.S.A." This
recall does not include any other products manufactured by Solgar which contain iron, nor
does it include any of the above products packaged with the child-resistant white plastic
Approximately 17,500 bottles of the five recalled iron products were sold to consumers
through retail health food and nutrition stores nationwide between January 1, 1993 and
mid-April 1993. These products were manufactured and sold by Solgar Co. Inc. for several
Consumers should immediately return the unused portions of any bottles of the recalled
iron products (including bottles which were purchased before January 1, 1993) to the
stores where purchased for a refund of the purchase price. Or, consumers can return the
recalled products directly to: Solgar Co., Inc., 410 Ocean Avenue, Lynbrook, NY 11563,
Attention: Recall. Consumers will receive a refund, including shipping costs.
Neither Solgar Co., Inc. nor the Commission is aware of any poisoning incidents due to the
Solgar brand iron tablets or capsules. However, the Commission is aware of several
ingestions and at least 11 deaths in 1991 from other iron-containing products, as reported
by the National Association of Poison Control Centers.
CPSC became aware of the packaging problem as a result of its ongoing poison prevention
packaging inspection program. CPSC enforces the requirement that any dietary supplement
containing an equivalent of 250 mg or more of iron per package must have child-resistant
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is announcing this recall as part of its
mission to protect the public from unreasonable risks of injury and death associated with
consumer products. The Commission's mission is to reduce the estimated 28.6 million
injuries and 21,700 deaths associated each year with the 15,000 different types of
consumer products under CPSC's jurisdiction.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000
types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product
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