January 5, 2001Chinese Herbs Recalled by Two
MI (SafetyAlerts) - Lotus Herbs of
La Puente, Calif., and FineMost Corp./QualiHerb of Cerritos, Calif., are recalling eight
brands of Chinese herbs because they may present a serious health risk to consumers.
The products are contaminated with aristolochic acid, a potent carcinogen and
nephrotoxin found in certain plants and botanicals. The use of products that contain
that contain aristolochic acid have been linked to several occurances of kidney
failures in Belgium and England.
Use of aristolochic acid cotaining
products has also been linked to increased risk of kidney cancer in people who have
Recalled Lotus products are:
Mu Tong, lot number SL04461,
expiration date 09/2004.
Fang Ji, lot number SW12261,
expiration date 12/2004.
The powdered herb extracts were sold
in square amber-colored bottles.
Recalled QualiHerb products
include all batches of:
Ba Zheng San, or Dianthus formula,
item No. 20209.
Fang Ji Huang Qi Tang, or Stephania
and Astragalus combination, item No. 20711.
Chuan Mu Tong, or Clematis armandi,
item No. 10424 A.
Wei Ling Xian, or Clematis, item No.
Han Fang Ji, or Stephania tetrandra,
item No. 10731.
Ma Dou Ling, or Aristolochia, item
The products were sold in bottles
with either the Taiwanese logo Sheng Chang imprinted on the bottom or with the U.S.
imprint Trans Container Corp.
Both companies' products were sold
nationwide, including by acupuncturists, chiropractors and other health workers.
Consumers should return the products
to place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions can call Lotus at
1-877-665-6884, or QualiHerb at 1-800-533-5907.
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