May 8, 2001Metabolife Recalls Its
Metabolife Diet & Energy Bars
Diego, CA (SafetyAlerts) -
Metabolife International has issued a voluntary recall of all of its Metabolife Diet &
Energy Bars manufactured through May 4, 2001, because the products contain a significantly
higher-than-labeled level of vitamin A (approximately 32,500 IU per bar). The
problem was reportedly due to an error by the contract manufacturer, MLO Products, Inc.
Excessive amounts of vitamin A can
cause severe health problems. Specifically, large amounts of vitamin A (more than 25,000
International Units or IU) can cause severe liver damage (including cirrhosis), bone and
cartilage abnormalities, increased pressure in the brain, and birth defects in infants
whose mothers consumed vitamin A during pregnancy. Those especially vulnerable to vitamin
A toxicity are children, including those breast fed by mothers consuming excessive amounts
of vitamin A, pregnant women, and those with liver disease caused by alcohol, viral
hepatitis, and severe protein-calorie deficiency, according to a statement by the company
The Metabolife Diet & Energy Bars were distributed from December 25, 2000, to May 4,
2001, to retail stores nationwide. The two-ounce dietary supplement bars have a red label
that reads, in part, "Metabolife Diet & Energy Bar." These products come in
Outrageous Oatmeal Raisin, Perfectly Peanut, Downright Chocolate and Lemony Lemon flavors.
All lots produced to date are subject to this recall.
No illnesses from this product have been reported to date. No other Metabolife products
are affected by this recall.
"Metabolife discovered the
excessive vitamin A amounts during Metabolife's own quality assurance sampling audit,
which was confirmed by independent testing by the manufacturer," stated Metabolife's
CEO, David Brown. "We are voluntarily recalling this 4-month-old product as a
Consumers who purchased a Metabolife Diet and Energy Bar should return it to the place of
purchase for full refund, or destroy the product. Consumers with questions may call (800)
540-7099. Again, no other Metabolife products are affected by this recall.
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