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UK orders recall of coronavirus testing kits over safety standards

Published: (Updated: ) in European News by .

The decision could affect nearly 750,000 kits.

The U.K. medicines regulator has ordered the recall of hundreds of thousands of coronavirus testing kits over safety concerns.

The recall could affect up to 741,000 unused kits made by medical technology company Randox Laboratories for the U.K. national test and trace program, Reuters reported.

“This decision has been taken as a precautionary measure to prevent any further use of Randox tests,” the Department of Health said in a statement.

It comes after the U.K. government paused the use of the tests on July 15, citing safety standards. It said the risk to safety was low and test results were not affected.

Randox said in a statement that the recall would impact sample collection kits for the U.K. national program. The company said the recall was due to regulatory reasons, as it has not to date obtained external certification for the swabs used in the kits.


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