Health Canada is advising Canadians that Vita Health Products is conducting a voluntary recall of five lots of Compliments Extra Strength Acetaminophen Gelcaps 500-mg (bottles of 120 gelcaps).
The products are being recalled because its packaging suggests the product is child-resistant, but the product has been packaged with a non child-resistant cap. As such, there is no child safety mechanism, which presents a risk to children who are able to open the bottle and ingest the product. The risk of ingestion by children less than 12 years of age can result in acetaminophen overdose and serious health consequences including liver damage. Early signs of overdose include nausea, vomiting, lethargy, and sweating. Liver damage may result in liver failure or death.
Vita Health Products is requesting that retailers immediately stop the sale of this product and return their products to the company. To date, Vita Health Products has confirmed the products were distributed to Sobeys & IGA retail locations. They may also be found at other retail locations across Canada.
Health Canada is monitoring the recall by Vita Health Products. Should new information be identified, Health Canada will continue to provide updates. Health Canada reminds Canadians who have concerns about these products to consult with their health care practitioner. More information on this recall is available by calling Vita Health at 1-(800)-665-8820, between Monday and Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EST.