Airborne dietary supplement knock-offs recalled due to allergy risks

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Airborne knock-offs recalled.Several private-label versions of Airborne, the blockbuster dietary supplement invented by a school teacher, have been recalled after it was discovered the products contained soy, but were distributed in packages that did not list the allergen. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to soy run the risk of serious reactions if they use those products, warns the Food and Drug Administration.


The national recall, announced by both the FDA and the manufacturer NBTY Acquisition LLC, doing business as Leiner Health Products, involves an effervescent tablet sold under four different names.

Depending on the retailer, it is sold as Air Shield, Air Protector, Immune System Support and Air Health, from various stores including Walmart, CVS, Longs, Target, Safeway, Sunmark, Trader Darwin's (Trader Joe's), Top Care, Meijer, Equaline (SuperValue and Albertsons), Your Life and Premier Value. It also includes a powder version of AirHealth, Air Health Stick Packs (8-stick powder packs) sold under the Wal-born (Walgreens) and Safeway brands.

According to Leiner, the products were manufactured and packaged by a contractor that did not disclose the presence of soy in the products. Consumers can call (888) 534-6370 for further information on the recall.

Airborne, which has been on the market since 1997, claims to fortify the immune system but has never been tested by the FDA and there are no studies supporting its effectiveness that meet scientific standards. Airborne in 2008 agreed to pay $30 million in settlements over allegations its advertising was deceptive.
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