Safety Alerts Saves Lives
Safety Alerts  
Home Privacy About Us Contact Us Change Preferences

January 5, 2001

Chinese Herbs Recalled by Two Firms

Troy, 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 consumed it.

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. 12401.

Han Fang Ji, or Stephania tetrandra, item No. 10731.

Ma Dou Ling, or Aristolochia, item No. 11052.

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.

Notice of this product warning was sent via email to SafetyAlerts subscribers January 5, 2001.  For more information regarding the SafetyAlerts free email alert service please click here.

Selected Recent Recalls

Health Professional:

Did you know?
During 2000 there were over
1050 products recalled in the United
States for safety reasons!

How many did you hear about?

Sign-up for SafetyAlerts by Email -
The free internet newsletter that could
some day literally save your life - or
the life of someone you know.

SafetyAlerts compiles comprehensive safety recall information for the United States. SafetyAlerts Newsletter is a free email service to warn consumers of faulty products and contaminated foods. For complete information regarding current recalls, past recalls and timely product warning notification visit:



The information contained herein has been obtained from sources that the Company believes to be reliable, however, the Company has not independently verified or confirmed the information and the recipient acknowledges that no representations or warranties are being made in connection with the use of the information.