Recall alert: Gummy vitamins recalled after reports of ‘metallic mesh’

EWING, N.J. — A New Jersey-based vitamin company recalled some of its gummy products because of concerns that some of them could contain metal.

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In a news release on Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Church & Dwight, of Ewing, New Jersey, said it “initiated a voluntary recall of select Vitafusion gummy products after the company’s investigation of two consumer reports identified the possible presence of a metallic mesh material.”

Some of the products include the Kids Melatonin, Fiber Well, SleepWell, and Multivites brands.

According to the FDA news release, the products were manufactured between Oct. 29, 2020, and Nov. 3, 2020. They were distributed to in-store and e-commerce retailers from Nov. 13, 2020, through April 9, 2021, the agency said.

On its website, Church & Dwight said the recall was for “select vitamin products that were manufactured within a very limited timeframe due to an isolated issue at one of our manufacturing facilities.”

Two products -- Kids Melatonin and FiberWell 90-count -- were sold at Publix grocery stores, according to a recall notice on the grocery chain’s website.

Church & Dwight said it was unaware of any reports of illness or injury from the products. USA Today reported.

“In some severe cases, ingesting a metallic material could lead to damage of the digestive tract,” the FDA stated in its news release.

Here is the list of items that are being recalled:

  • Vitafusion Kids Melatonin, 50 count, UPC 0-2791-00170-8, lot code WA03076268, expiration date November 2022;
  • Vitafusion Fiber Well, 220 count, UPC 0-27917-01984-0; lot code WA03087520, expiration date November 2022; lot code WA02487524, expiration date September 2022; and lot code WA03086273, expiration date November 2022;
  • Vitafusion SleepWell, 250 count, UPC 0-27917-02524-7, lot code WA03077414, expiration date November 2022;
  • Vitafusion MultiVites, 150 count, UPC 0-27917-01919-2, lot code WA03044959, expiration date April 2022;
  • Vitafusion Melatonin, 44 count, UPC 0-27917-28011-0, lot code WA03076270, expiration date November 2022;
  • Vitafusion Melatonin, 140 count, UPC 0-27917-02671-8; lot code WA03076990, expiration date November 2022; lot code WA03077852, expiration date November 2022; and lot code WA02608988, expiration date September 2022;
  • Vitafusion Fiber Well, 90 count, UPC 0-27917-01890-4, lot code WA02187020, expiration date August 2022; lot code WA03086671, expiration date November 2022 and lot code WA03087521, expiration date November 2022.

Consumers who bought the affected vitamins should “stop consumption immediately” and can receive a full refund by calling the company at 1-800-981-4710. Consumers who have become ill or were injured from the product should call 1-888-234-1828, the FDA said.