Recall of Device Recall ACON Mission Breath Alcohol Detector

According to U.S. Food and Drug Administration, this recall involved a device in United States that was produced by Acon Laboratories, Inc..

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 Risk Class
    Class 3
  • Event Number
  • Event Initiated Date
  • Event Date Posted
  • Event Status
  • Event Country
  • Event Terminated Date
  • Event Source
  • Event Source URL
  • Notes / Alerts
    U.S. data is current through June 2018. All of the data comes from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, except for the category Manufacturer Parent Company.
    The Parent Company was added by ICIJ.
    The parent company information is based on 2017 public records.
  • Extra notes in the data
    Devices, breath trapping, alcohol - Product Code DJZ
  • Reason
    Acon laboratories, inc. is recalling mission breath alcohol detector due to a labeling amendment.
  • Action
    On 06/17/15 the firm sent out customer notification letters to their distributors. The letter identified the affected product, problem and actions to be taken. In the letter the firm requests that Mission Breath Alcohol Detectors be quarantined. The firm asks that distributor complete the "fax back" form to allow for the return of unexpired product for a replacement. Once the form is received the firm is going to issue a return authorization number as well as provide a return label. The contact noted in the letter is Qiyi Xie MD, MPH, Sr. Officer Regulatory and Clinical Affairs at 858-857-8011.


  • Model / Serial
    -BAD4040003 (48 kits) -BAD4080006 (59 kits) -BAD5010010/BAD5040013/BAD5010011 (total of 1,176 kits)
  • Product Classification
  • Device Class
  • Implanted device?
  • Distribution
    U.S. Nationwide Distribution in the states of: NY, CA, FL, VA, LA, NJ, MN, PA, MI, OH, TX, VA, UT, AL, and GA
  • Product Description
    Mission || -Breath Alcohol Detector || -15 tests || - 0.08% BAC || - Blow bags included || Product Usage: || The Breath Alcohol Detector is for the semi-quantitative rapid detection of the presence of alcohol in the exhaled breath. The Breath Alcohol Detector indicated relative Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) at 0.02%, 0.04%, 0.05%, 0.06%, 0.08%, or 0.10% cut-off levels.
  • Manufacturer


  • Manufacturer Address
    Acon Laboratories, Inc., 10125 Mesa Rim Rd, San Diego CA 92121-2915
  • Manufacturer Parent Company (2017)
  • Manufacturer comment
    “We are in constant communication with regulatory agencies and competent authorities worldwide which allows us to implement global recalls or in-country communication quickly and effectively,” Abbott, which now owns St. Jude Medical told ICIJ in a statement. In addition to sending global notices to physicians worldwide, we also make sure that product advisories are available online and classification of product recalls and product advisories are determined by global regulatory bodies which can impact the timing in any given country. MD companies follow varying regulations in different countries. In come countries software is not regulated so a recall in one country related to software would not be classified as a recall or field action in another. In addition, review cycles within the regulatory process can be different in each country which can impact communication and recall timing.
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