Multiple lots of Benefiber Prebiotic Fiber Supplement powder could pose a danger to consumers. Manufacturer GSK Consumer Healthcare announced a recall of their products because the packages could contain plastic pieces or shavings from faulty bottle caps.
GSK Consumer Healthcare received a customer complaint about small green pieces of plastic inside the container of fiber powder. The company determined that there could be shavings from the bottle caps inside the products. These small plastic shards could pose a serious health risk if accidentally swallowed.
According to the manufacturer, “There is a potential risk of choking or physical injury to the soft tissues of the mouth or gastrointestinal tract of a consumer using the product who may not see a broken piece or shaving of plastic cap.”
This recall is for the Benefiber Prebiotic Fiber Supplement powder and the Benefiber Prebiotic Healthy Shape Fiber Supplement powder. The products are packaged in curved plastic bottles with colorful white or green labels and green plastic caps. Both packages are 500 g(17.6 OZ).
Specifically, you should look for the following combination of lot codes and expiration dates:
- Benefiber Healthy Shape Prebiotic Fiber Supplement, 500G UPC 886790018872 Lot: MP8B (EXP Sep2021)
- Benefiber Prebiotic Fiber Supplement, 760G UPC 8886790211907 Lots: UV5C (EXP Oct2021) 648H (EXP Nov2021)
The potentially contaminated lots were sold nationwide at brick-and-mortar retailers as well as online. You could have purchased them between October 28, 2019 and January 21, 2020.
What Should You Do Next?
GSK Consumer Healthcare advises that you check any bottles of Benefiber you bought in the last six months to see if they are part of the recalled lots. If your product is part of the recall, stop taking it immediately.
“Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this product,” the manufacturer advised in a written statement. GSK Consumer Health is cooperating with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to keep customers safe and informed.
For information on the recall, to request a refund on recalled products, to report an adverse experience or for any other inquiries regarding Benefiber, consumers can call the GSK Contact Center at 1-800-452-0051, Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm EST.
Keep in mind that, during the current pandemic, you might not be able to return products to stores. Many retailers have suspended returns and refunds. Instead of taking the product back to the store where you bought it, you should contact the manufacturer’s customer service. That’s true not just for Benefiber, but for all consumer products being recalled at this time.