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Mrs. Yogi
05-09-2001, 07:49 PM
Just in case anyone is using these.... I found this on Yahoo today.


Metabolife International is voluntarily recalling its
nationally distributed energy bars that may contain toxic levels of
vitamin A, the company announced Tuesday.

The recall involves 1.5 million Metabolife Diet & Energy Bars made
Dec. 25 through May 4.

San Diego-based Metabolife said the excessive amounts of vitamin A
were discovered during recent routine sampling. The company
reported its tests to the contract manufacturer, which confirmed the
results, and then contacted the Food and Drug Administration (news -
web sites).

The bars contain about 32,500 International Units or IUs of vitamin A. According to Metabolife, vitamin A levels above 25,000 IU can cause
severe liver damage, bone and cartilage abnormalities, increased
pressure in the brain and birth defects.

No illnesses have been associated with the product so far, but it poses
special risk to pregnant women and people with liver disease or viral
hepatitis. Women who are breast-feeding children could also pass
excessive vitamin A through their milk.

The bars were made by Fairfield-based MLO Products, which makes
nutritional products and supplements. Company president Mel
Williamson said a ``transposition error'' involving a misplaced decimal
resulted in too much vitamin A being added to the energy bar mix.

The bars have a red label and come in the varieties: Outrageous
Oatmeal Raisin, Perfectly Peanut, Downright Chocolate and Lemony

Consumers can get more information by calling Metabolife at

05-09-2001, 08:00 PM
Thanks so much for the warning. I had heard it on TV but I wondered about my neighbor who uses those. So I copied it and gave it to her - she had some bars and was going to check them. She had NOT heard the warning. So, many, many thanks to you...Carleen....

Mrs. Yogi
05-10-2001, 01:22 PM
You are very welcome. This is what forums like this are for after all, sharing important info.

In this case it could be life-threatening it seems! How scary is that?

05-10-2001, 03:59 PM
I heard about this on the news last night. Thank God I did not start buying it like I was going to. I am trying to get pregnant and the last thing I need is something like this in my system.

I feel bad for anyone who spent money on these bars. Why can't they discover these kind of things BEFORE they release the product to the public!?