Due to a safety hazard posed to young children, GNC is recalling their GNC brand Women’s Iron Complete Dietary Supplement, so you should definitely check your cabinets if this is something you think you may have in your home.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission the product is being recalled because it's packaging doesn't adhere to child safety packaging guidelines. The CPSC stated that the blister packaging is not child resistant as is required by federal law. If a child were to ingest the product, the supplements could cause serious injury and potentially death.
#Recall: 756,000 @GNCLiveWell Women’s Iron Complete Dietary Supplements (60 caplets); blister packaging is not child resistant as required by federal law. If ingested by a child, these supplements could cause serious injury or death; get refund: https://t.co/EMARAKYsk7 pic.twitter.com/jKqfusYIAE— US Consumer Product Safety Commission (@USCPSC) December 19, 2018
The products are sold in 60 caplet packages at GNC stores in the US and online from September 2000 through August 2018 and at online store www.drugstore.com from September 2000 through August 2016. The CPSC estimates approximately 756,000 units have been sold during this time.
If you happen to have this product in your home the CPSC warns to ensure it is kept out of reach of children, and that consumers can contact GNC at 888-462-2548 any time, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or online at www.gnc.com and click on “Recall Notice” link at the top of the page for more information. Consumers can also visit a local GNC store with the product to obtain a refund.
The National Capital Poison Center warns that iron poisoning can cause bleeding, shock, acidosis, and death in children. Thankfully there have been no injuries reported due to the faulty packaging, but it's always better to be safe than sorry. If you find you have these supplements in your house you can simply return it to the store for a full refund.
If you suspect your child has ingested a pill like this or any other iron supplement, WebMD suggests taking your child to the nearest emergency room immediately along with the product packaging pr consult poison control. They state that "symptoms of iron poisoning usually become evident within 6 hours after an excessive amount of iron is swallowed". Symptoms of iron poisoning can include severe vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, dehydration and lethargy and bloody vomit or stool in a child.