When shopping for vitamin/mineral supplements, beware of what you can find inside. According to a news article from CBS Detroit on August 22, 2014, four Meijer supermarkets in Kalamzoo County, Michigan, found bottles of Mega Red Ultra Strength Omega-3 Krill Oil filled with anything but the vitamin itself. Four stores sold bottles that contained chocolate chips, cat food, nuts, and some with dangerous prescription drugs. Inside some bottles were prescription medications including Coumadin that is an anticoagulant, Sotalol used for cardiac problems, and 800 mg tablets of Ibuprofen, an anti-inflammatory medication.
According to the police department the suspect obtained and returned bottles to the shelves -- some in their regular labeled bottles, others were non-labeled prescription bottles, and a few were painted black. These were placed back on the shelves where the Krill Oil used to be. So, far the tainted bottles were found in four Meijer stores, but detectives are asking store owners that sell vitamins to check their supplies as well. The suspect has been identfied but no formal charges have been made.
Consumers always need to be on the alert when they purchase over-the-counter products to make sure the contents inside is the real thing. Anything that looks suspicious should be returned and brought to the attention of a manager.
So far, this incident has been contained to a few stores in Kalamazoo County, but this problem with tampering of products has been an issue nationwide in the past. Consumers need to beware-- are you really getting what you came in to buy?