Last updated on 12 November 2010

Vitabiotics withdraws six food supplements

Vitabiotics has withdrawn six food supplements, in a range of pack sizes, because the products contain higher levels of folic acid than mentioned on the product labels. The Food Standards Agency has issued a Product Withdrawal Information Notice.

Product details

All batches of products produced before November 2010 are being withdrawn from sale:

  • Wellwoman® Original 30 Capsules
  • Wellwoman® Original 90 Capsules
  • Wellman® 30 Tablets
  • Menopace® 30 Tablets
  • Menopace® 90 Tablets
  • Menopace® Plus 56 tablets
  • Perfectil® Triple Active 30 Tablets – Skin, Hair & Nails
  • Perfectil® Triple Active 90 Tablets – Skin, Hair & Nails
  • Perfectil® Plus 28 Tablets/28 Capsules – Skin, Hair & Nails

No other Vitabiotic products are known to be affected.

There is no immediate risk to health from consuming these products.

It is important that women planning a pregnancy and pregnant women should continue to take folic acid supplements.

The Government recommends that if you are planning to be pregnant, or are pregnant, you should take a dietary supplement of 400 micrograms of folic acid each day, and you should eat plenty of folate-rich foods to reduce the risk of having a baby with a neural tube defect (NTD) such as spina bifida.

If you have already had a baby with a NTD, or if you have coeliac disease (also known as gluten intolerance), diabetes, or take anti-epileptic medicines, you need to take more than 400 micrograms of folic acid supplementation a day. If you need more advice, you should contact your GP or visit the NHS Choices website at the link below.

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