Centrum Materna Prenatal Vitamins Tampered With: Danger

22 Jul


July 22, 2011 – Health Canada advised the public that the multivitamin “Centrum Materna” has been found to be the victim of tampering. A bottle of the prenatal multivitamin was found in Winnipeg, Manitoba at a Shopper’s Drug Mart, and contained unidentified capsules in it.

Warning to Expectant Mother’s Using Centrum Materna

Health Canada is letting the public know that the regular prenatal multivitamin tablets found in the Centrum Materna bottles are pink and oval-shaped. The seal of this one bottle was removed which is why it is suspected that it was tampered with.

If you have purchased any bottles of Centrum Materna in the Winnipeg area, inspect your bottle to ensure the following:

  • Proper tablets are inside (pink and oval-shaped)
  • Security seal is in place
  • Pill says “Materna” on one side and “M|4” on the other side
  • Pill is a tablet, not a capsule. That means it is a solid form and not a container holding either gel, powder or mini beads.

Safety Precautions for Centrum Materna Prenatal Multivitamin

If you have consumed Centrum Materna prenatal multivitamins that do not look like the photo below, contact your doctor and bring the pills with you. If you have a bottle of Centrum Materna and aren’t sure if it is safe or not, consult  your pharmacist and show him/her the bottle.

Centrum Materna Prenatal Vitamin

security safety seal


Posted by on July 22, 2011 in Nutrition, Pregnancy


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3 responses to “Centrum Materna Prenatal Vitamins Tampered With: Danger

  1. Pamela

    October 31, 2012 at 1:26 am

    What if the the side that has M 4 has U 3 written on it which is what I have been taking.

    This is in Trinidad West Indies.

    • tamaralaschinsky

      November 5, 2012 at 4:30 pm

      I would contact the number in the article to find out. I only posted about the health notice that was issued but if you have questions call the Health Canada # and speak with your doctor too.

  2. Blossom Nam

    March 22, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Vitamins and minerals help maintain cellular efficiency by activating enzyme systems that are essential to cellular function. Phyto-nutrients which are found in various forms of plant life are so important that nutritionists recommend at least 5 to 7 servings of fruits and vegetables per day, and suggest even more is better. Sadly, less than one in five Americans get even half of these amounts.`

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