Home Bargains issues urgent product recall over ‘potentially lethal’ caffeine
Home Bargains customers are being warned to return a product that contains a “potentially lethal” amount of caffeine.
Anyone who has bought protein powder, specifically 1.5kg bags of Sci-MX Nutrition Ultra Muscle in Strawberry flavour, from the popular bargain supermarket chain has been urged not to touch it.
The dangerous batch is dated best before March 2025 and has batch code W110429.
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The Food Food Standards Agency said testing of the product found that it contained over 5,000mg of caffeine per serving.
If consumers followed advice on the packaging to have two helpings per day, this would give them a daily dose of over 10,000mg or 10g – for most individuals, 10g of caffeine can be a lethal dose, the FSA warned.
But doses as low as 3g have been identified as lethal for certain sensitive individuals.
FSA head of incidents Tina Potter said: “If you have purchased this product, do not take the risk of consuming it.
“High levels of caffeine can cause anxiety, sleeplessness, agitation, palpitations, diarrhoea and restlessness, and individuals with a mental health condition can experience worsened psychosis – caffeine can reduce how well your antipsychotic medications work.
“In this case, the exceptionally high levels of caffeine could mean the consequences are even more severe and perhaps even fatal.
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“Children, or other people sensitive to caffeine, should only consume caffeine in moderation.
“Pregnant and breast-feeding women are advised not to have more than 200mg of caffeine over the course of a day”
The Food Standards Agency advised customers to contact Sci-Mx customer careline at [email protected] for a full refund and urged shoppers to "not consume the product if you have bought it".
Affected products can be identified by the batch code, W110429, which can be found next to the best before date on the packaging.
No comment has been made by the company that makes the product in question.
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