Recall of Roche AFB III Staining Kit

According to New Zealand Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Authority, this recall involved a device in New Zealand that was produced by manufacturer #1479.

What is this?

A correction or removal action taken by a manufacturer to address a problem with a medical device. Recalls occur when a medical device is defective, when it could be a risk to health, or when it is both defective and a risk to health.

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  • Type of Event
  • Event ID
  • Event Initiated Date
  • Event Country
  • Event Source
  • Event Source URL
  • Notes / Alerts
    Data from New Zealand is current through July 2018. All of the data comes from the New Zealand Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Authority, except for the categories Manufacturer Parent Company and Product Classification.
    The Parent Company and the Product Classification were added by ICIJ.
    The parent company information is based on 2017 public records. The device classification information comes from FDA’s Product Classification by Review Panel, based on matches of recall data from the U.S. and New Zealand.
  • Extra notes in the data
    Recalling Organisation: Roche Diagnostics (NZ) Ltd, 15 Rakino Way, Mt Wellington, AUCKLAND 1644
  • Reason
    Roche diagnostics has observed a staining artefact on slides stained with the afb iii staining kit. this artefact consists of a circular and a non-specific purple- to pink-coloured slide background staining, which in some cases is present within tissue elements and in other cases takes the form of circular deposits that appear to be above the tissue plane. the latter can occur both within the tissue-containing and blank portions of the slide. this artefact may interfere with the interpretation and identification of acid-fast bacteria, which is the indication for this assay. also, the artefact could be mistaken for acid-fast bacteria and lead to a false positive interpretation. a trained pathologist should recognise the artefacts and reject the slide without attempting to interpret it.
  • Action
    Product to be destroyed


  • Model / Serial
    Model: , Affected: Lot Numbers: D05755, D11015, E1024 and E03378
  • Manufacturer