Feb. 16, 2023, Los Angeles Times reported in part:
A Los Angeles couple filed a lawsuit Thursday against a maker of a crucial oil used by fertility clinics, saying it was toxic and destroyed their embryos.
Fujifilm Irvine Scientific quietly recalled four production lots of the oil, used to culture embryos, on Jan. 16 after complaints of problems from clinics and an internal investigation.
The couple’s lawyers said that the embryos of more fertility patients may have been destroyed. The Orange County company is a major global supplier of the refined mineral oil used in the process of in vitro fertilization.
In its recall notice to fertility clinics, the company said it had received “a small number” of complaints, which included the “complete degradation” of some embryos. The company did not post the letter on its website or alert the broader public to the problems.
The company said it had performed “an extensive investigation” after receiving the complaints. Although the oil product had met its specifications before it was shipped, the company said, its investigation detected toxicity in three of the lots.
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