May 25, 2001Vital Nutrients Recalls Joint
Ease and Verified Quality Joint Comfort Complex
CT (SafetyAlerts) - Vital
Nutrients/RHG & CO., Inc is voluntarily recalling dietary supplement products named
VITAL NUTRIENTS JOINT EASE (both 60 and 120 count) and VERIFIED QUALITY JOINT COMFORT
COMPLEX (both 60 and 120 count), ALL LOT NUMBERS because it contains Clematis Chinensis
Extract, which contains Aristolochic Acid. Consumption of products containing Aristolochic
Acid have been associated with life threatening adverse risks and is considered a potent
carcinogen and nephrotoxin.
JOINT EASE/JOINT COMFORT COMPLEX was distributed to the following states; AK, CA, CO, CT,
FL, HI, IL, MA, MT, NC, NH, NJ, NV, NY, OR, TX, VT, WA through distributors, direct
delivery, retail stores and Naturopathic Physicians, Chiropractic Physicians and
Product can be identified through labels - Vital Nutrients Joint Ease and Verified Quality
Joint Comfort Complex (both 60 and 120 count bottles).
The FDA has received reports that two patients in the U.S. developed serious kidney
disease associated with the use of botanical products that were shown by laboratory
analysis to contain aristolochic acid.
The voluntary recall was initiated after Vital Nutrients identified an independent
laboratory that was capable of conducting the appropriate analysis to determine the
presence of aristolochic acid in Clematis Chinensis Extract - the results were positive
for aristolochic acid. The production and distribution of these products was suspended by
Consumers who purchased the products are urged to return them to the place of purchase for
full refund. Consumers who purchased these products directly from Vital Nutrients can call
for specific return instructions. Consumers with questions may contact Vital Nutrients at
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