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May 25, 2001

Vital Nutrients Recalls Joint Ease and Verified Quality Joint Comfort Complex

Middletown, 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 MD’s.

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 Vital Nutrients.

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 888-328-9992.

Notice of this product warning was sent via email to SafetyAlerts subscribers May 25, 2001.  For more information regarding the SafetyAlerts free email alert service please click here.

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