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High Levels Of Lead And Mercury Content In Ayurvedic Dietary Supplements

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control hereby inform the general public that FDA and the New York Department of Health found potentially unsafe levels of mercury and lead in several Baidyanath brand ayurvedic dietary supplements manufactured by Shree Baidyanath Ayurved Bhawan in India which, if consumed, may cause health problems to consumers, particularly infants, small children, pregnant women, and those with underlying kidney disorders. Short-term exposure to mercury consumption may lead to renal or gastrointestinal issues, while long-term exposure may cause psychiatric and personality disturbances, ataxia (or loss of coordination), visual or hearing loss, and other neurological conditions particularly fetal neurological issues with pregnant patients. Lead exposure in children younger than 6 years may lead to nervous system damage potentially causing learning difficulties or delayed development and in pregnancy can cause nervous system damage to the fetus or cause miscarriage. Symptoms associated with lead poisoning include memory loss, unexplained hypertension, severe constipation, or extremity numbness.

The products can be obtained from retail outlets and via the internet. Butala Emporium Inc. one of the major retailer of the products has recalled the following Baidyanath brand ayurvedic supplements: Agnitundi Bati, Arogyavardhini Bati, Brahmi Bati, Chitrakadi Bati, Gaisantak Bati, Marichyadi Bati, Rajahpravartini Bati, Saptamrit Lauh, Sarivadi Bati, Shankh Bati.

NAFDAC implores the members of the public, importers and consumers to be pro-active by ensuring that these products are not purchased.

NAFDAC…..Safeguarding the health of the Nation

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