Family Dollar has issued a nationwide recall of at least 400 personal care and over-the-counter medical products that were improperly stored and then inadvertently shipped to retail stores across the United States.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the products were shipped to certain stores on or around May 1 through June 10 and are being recalled because they were stored outside of labeled temperature requirements.
Among the voluntary recall of hundreds of products (pdf) were personal care items such as toothpaste, deodorant, and shampoo, as well as hand sanitizer, sunscreen, and pain relief tablets.
Allergy relief tablets, children’s teething gels, and cold and flu tablets were also among the items listed, including brand names like Tylenol, DayQuil, Benadryl, Colgate, and more.
As of July 26, Family Dollar, a subsidiary of Dollar Tree Inc., has not received any consumer complaints or reports of illness related to the recall.
“Family Dollar has notified its affected stores asking them to check their stock immediately and to quarantine and discontinue the sale of any affected product,” the FDA stated in the recall notice on July 21.
“Customers that may have bought affected product may return such product to the Family Dollar store where they were purchased without receipt. This recall does not apply to Delaware, Alaska, Hawaii as no Family Dollar stores in Delaware received any products subject to this recall, and Family Dollar does not have any stores in Alaska or Hawaii.”
Customers with questions regarding the latest recall are being asked to contact Family Dollar customer service.
If customers experience any problems related to using these products, they are asked to contact their physician or health care provider.
Additionally, consumers who have adverse reactions or quality issues with any of the listed products can report their experiences to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail, or by fax.
Earlier in 2022, Family Dollar recalled a range of products, including medicine, medical devices, and cosmetics, due to the presence of rodents and rodent activity at one of the company’s distribution centers. The affected products were shipped to 404 stores across six states.
Federal health inspectors found unsanitary conditions at the distribution facility, including the decomposing carcasses of dead rodents.
At the time, a company spokesperson told The Epoch Times in an emailed statement that Family Dollar takes “situations like this very seriously and are committed to providing safe and quality products to our customers.”
The spokesperson added that the company had been fully cooperating with all regulatory agencies involved in resolving the issue and were working to fix the problem.
The recall comes as new data showed that dollar stores across the United States, including Family Dollar, are seeing an increased number of customers hoping to get more for their money as inflation across the country soars.
Tom Ozimek contributed to this report.