More Than 3.5 Million Bottles of Airborne Gummies Recalled for Injury Risk

The cap on some of the supplement bottles may pop off forcefully

Bottles of Recalled Airborne Gummies Source: CPSC

Reckitt, a maker of health, hygiene, and nutrition products, announced a recall of 3.74 million bottles of Airborne gummies supplements today because of a possible packaging danger. Pressure buildup inside unopened bottles of the gummies may cause the cap and seal to pop off forcefully enough to pose a risk of injury the first time you open the bottle.

The company has received 70 reports of this occurring so far, including 18 instances that resulted in minor injuries and one eye injury that required medical attention.

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The recall affects only 63- and 75-count bottles of the gummies, and only in assorted fruit, blueberry pomegranate, and orange flavors. (Elderberry and honey lemon flavors aren’t included in the recall.) 

A Reckitt spokesperson told CR the problem is that the bottle caps used for the products in the recall “did not allow for sufficient release of the natural gas from the vitamin C contained in the gummy supplements.” It takes time for the pressure in the bottles to build up, which is why, the company says, it didn’t receive reports of this problem immediately after affected bottles were sold. The report of the eye injury related to this issue prompted Reckitt to recall potentially affected products in coordination with the Consumer Product Safety Commission. 

“As a result of our investigation, we’ve stopped using the bottle caps associated with this issue,” the Reckitt spokesperson said.

Products with a variety of UPC codes, lot codes, and expiration dates during 2021 and 2022 are part of the recall. You’ll find a list of the codes for the affected products and a code search tool on the manufacturer’s website.

An already opened bottle of recalled Airborne gummies poses no risk of injury—the pressure has already been released. The gummies themselves are unaffected and are safe to eat. 

If you have an unopened bottle of the gummies, don’t open it. Instead, return it for a refund by calling Reckitt at 888-266-8003 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. The company will send you postage-paid labeling that you can use to send back the gummies.

“We welcome the recall, but you’d hope a company would catch this sort of issue before millions of units are out the door and being sold to people for nearly two years,” says William Wallace, associate director of safety policy for Consumer Reports. “People got hurt, and Reckitt should take a very close look at its safety culture, as well as its quality assurance/quality control processes, to make sure nothing like this happens in the future.”

The company says that for bundle packs of the gummies, the UPC code might not be clearly visible. If that’s the case, you can use the lot code and expiration date printed on the bottom of the bottle to identify whether your item is included in the recall.

Location on label of UPC for recalled Airborne 63-count and 75-count gummies
Location of the UPC code on bottles of Airborne gummies.

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Location of lot code and expiration date for recalled Airborne 63-count and 75-count gummies
You can find the lot code and expiration date on the bottom of the bottles.

Source: CPSC Source: CPSC

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include comments from Reckitt.

Catherine Roberts

As a science journalist, my goal is to empower consumers to make informed decisions about health products, practices, and treatments. I aim to investigate what works, what doesn't, and what may be causing actual harm when it comes to people's health. As a civilian, my passions include science fiction, running, Queens, and my cat. Follow me on Twitter: @catharob