August 6, 2007 / 9:03 PM / 12 years ago

Becton Dickinson expands syringe recall in Poland

CHICAGO, Aug 6 (Reuters) - Becton Dickinson and Co. (BDX.N) said on Monday it was recalling two more lots of its BD Discardit syringes from Poland due to contamination, bringing to about 1.2 million the number of syringes recalled.

The hospital products maker last week recalled from Poland one lot of about 400,000 BD Discardit syringes after receiving several complaints from hospitals of contaminated syringes. The syringes were manufactured at a plant in Spain near Barcelona.

The Franklin Lakes, New Jersey-based company determined the syringes were contaminated with loose particulates during the manufacturing process, spokeswoman Colleen White said. There were no reports of adverse events among patients.

Tests revealed particulates in 0.013 percent of products subsequently tested, White said. Shipments from the Barcelona plant have been suspended, and testing is ongoing, she said.

“We still believe the number of syringes affected is very limited,” White said.

Syringes from the facility are shipped to Europe, the Middle East and Africa. (Reporting by Susan Kelly)

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