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Boots recalls Multivitamins because they were incorrectly packaged

Boots has recalled Boots Multivitamins supplements because they have been incorrectly packed with multivitamins containing iron. This resulted in vitamin K not being present within the supplement and iron incorrectly added to the supplements instead. Iron has not been mentioned on the label. This means the product is a possible health risk to individuals who may also be consuming iron supplements in addition to these multivitamins. This affects multivitamins sold between 12 and 19 January 2021 only.

Product details

Boots Multivitamins
Pack size 180 tablets
Batch code 1805 and 1806
Best before end of November 2022

Risk statement

This product does not contain vitamin K but does contain iron. Excess supplemental iron can result in gastrointestinal effects such as pain, discomfort, constipation or nausea and vomiting.

Action taken by the company

Boots has recalled the above product. Point-of-sale notices have been displayed in all Boots stores selling the product. These notices explain to customers why the product was recalled and tell them what to do if they have bought the product. Please see the attached notice. Boots has also written to Advantage Card holders and online purchasers.

Our advice to consumers

If you have bought the above product, and are currently taking iron supplements, stop taking the multivitamin supplements. Instead, return them to the Boots store from where they were bought for a full refund.

About product recalls and withdrawals

If there is a problem with a food product that means it should not be sold, then it might be 'withdrawn' (taken off the shelves) or 'recalled' (when customers are asked to return the product). The FSA issues Product Withdrawal Information Notices and Product Recall Information Notices to let consumers and local authorities know about problems associated with food. In some cases, a 'Food Alert for Action' is issued. This provides local authorities with details of specific action to be taken on behalf of consumers.

Ref: FSA-PRIN-07-2021