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.