Ellume is recalling almost 200,000 rapid at-home coronavirus antigen tests because of an exceptionally high rate of false positives observed from some of them.
The Australian company said about 427,000 test kits, include thousands sent to retailers and the U.S. Department of Defense, are in question, ABC News reported. Roughly 195,000 of these kits are still unused and subject to recall.
About 202,000 have been used, Ellume said, and of those, there have been about 42,000 positive results — as many as 25% of which could have been inaccurate, though company officials said the ration isn’t exact, ABC reported.
Ellume is in the process of removing the product from store shelves and displays. The company is also notifying consumers, retailers and distributors about the recall and encourages consumers who have gotten a positive result to take a confirmation test to be sure, ABC reported.