June 21, 2001FDA Issues Nationwide Alert On
Recall of Thirteen Treasure Of The East Herbal Products
DC (SafetyAlerts) - The FDA is
warning consumers to discontinue use of thirteen Chinese herbal products containing
aristolochic acid because they may present a serious health hazard to consumers.
Aristolochic acid found in certain plants and botanicals is toxic to the kidneys and is a
potent carcinogen. This chemical can cause serious kidney damage and the use of products
that contain aristolochic acid has been associated with several occurrences of kidney
failure. The use of aristolochic acid-containing products has also been linked to
increased risk of kidney cancer in people who have consumed it.
Blue Light, Inc., Ithaca, N.Y., has initiated a recall of these products sold under the
"Treasure of the East" label with "MFG No. 200008" (2000=year,
08=month) and earlier production dates. Products with "MFG No. 200009" and later
production dates are not affected.
||Guan) Mu Tong
||Ma Dou Ling (Mi)
||Ba Zheng San
||Dang Gui Si Ni Tang
||Dao Chi San
||Fu Fang Di Hu Tang
||Gan Lu Xiao Du Dan
||Kou Yan Ning
||Long Dan Xie Gan Tang
||Pai Shi Tang
||Xiao Ji Yin Zi
||Xin Yi San
||Yang Yin Xiao Yan Tang
These products were distributed
nationwide in small quantities primarily to acupuncturists, herbalists, and herbal stores.
They are in powder form (3.5 oz. bottles) or capsule form (100 per bottle) under the
"Treasure of the East" label.
The recall was initiated as a result of public health concerns associated with the
consumption of aristolochic acid products. No illnesses have been reported. Blue Light,
Inc., has discontinued the distribution and use of products that may contain aristolochic
Consumers who have purchased any of these products with affected expiration dates should
discontinue their use and may return them to place of purchase for a full refund.
Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-888-258-3548.
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