CPSC, Leiner Health Products Announce Recall of Multivitamins

WASHINGTON, Jan 28, 2005 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. (To access color photos of the following recalled products, see CPSC's Web site at http://www.cpsc.gov.)

Name of product: Long's Central-Vite Multivitamins

Units: About 13,000

Manufacturer: Leiner Health Products, of Carson, Calif.

Hazard: The vitamins, which contain iron that can cause serious injury or death if ingested by children, do not have child-resistant packaging as required by the Poison Prevention Packaging Act.

Incidents/Injuries: No injuries or incidents have been reported.

Description: The recalled Central Vite multivitamins were sold in a value size container of 500 tablets. The plastic white pill bottle is labeled "Advanced Formula Central Vite(R) with Lycopene" and "Value Size."

Sold at: Long's retail stores nationwide from March 2004 through December 2004 for about $16.

Manufactured in: United States.

Remedy: Consumers should keep this product out of reach of children and return the product to the nearest Long's retail store for a refund or replacement.

Consumer Contact: Call Leiner Health Products at (800) 421-1168 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday. Consumers may visit http://www.leiner.com and http://www.longs.com for information about this recall.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $700 billion annually. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. The CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products -- such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals -- contributed significantly to the 30 percent decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

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