March 23, 2003
Reiter Dairy Has Recalled Chocolate
Barberton, OH (SafetyAlerts)
The Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) said that Reiter Dairy, Inc. has recalled 150 half
gallons of its Topps Vitality Fat Free Chocolate Milk because it contains a
significantly higher-than-labeled level of vitamin A. (Approximately 44,700
International Units (IU) per quart are present in each quart of the product
instead of the intended level of 2,000-3,000 IU.)
Excessive amounts of vitamin A ingestion can lead to severe health problems,
including birth defects in babies born to mothers who consume excess levels
of vitamin A during the first trimester of pregnancy. Among infants, the
ingestion of excessive levels of vitamin A may cause an increase in the
pressure of the fluid within the brain, hair loss, and abnormal changes in
bone formation. For persons of all ages, excess vitamin A ingestion can lead
to reversible or irreversible liver disease.
The same product is also being recalled because it contains too much vitamin
D as well (4,000 IUs instead of the intended 400-600 IUs). The consumption
of excess amounts of vitamin D may result in abnormally high blood levels of
calcium and phosphate, which, in rare instances, may lead to abnormal
deposits of calcium in various parts of the body.
The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the product contained
more than the labeled amount of vitamins due to an error by the
manufacturer. The fat free chocolate milk, packed in 1/2 gallon containers
coded "MAR 27," was distributed to retail stores in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and
New York. Consumers who have purchased Topps Vitality Fat Free Chocolate
Milk are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.
Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-362-0825.