Avoid using red rice yeast in nutritional supplements

Japan’s Health Ministry Issues Warning on Kobayashi Pharmaceutical Supplements Due to Five Reported Deaths

Last night, the Ministry of Health in Japan issued a warning to the public not to use nutritional supplements produced by Kobayashi Pharmaceutical Company. This came after reports of the death of five people in Japan who had taken the supplements to lower cholesterol. The Ministry had ordered a wholesale recall of the company’s supplements last week due to a potential connection between the supplements and the deaths and hospitalizations of consumers.

The company’s headquarters in Osaka received thousands of complaints from consumers who experienced health issues after using the supplements. Symptoms reported included changes in urine color, swollen limbs, fatigue, and exhaustion, with some consumers even developing kidney problems. In addition to the recalled supplements, other products containing red rice yeast as an ingredient were also recalled.

Red rice yeast extract is not approved for use in dietary supplements in Israel, according to the Ministry of Health in Israel. Importers of nutritional supplements to Israel must obtain approval from the National Food Service of the Ministry of Health, providing evidence of product safety and compliance with food legislation. There have been no reports of adverse effects from consumers who purchased the supplements from overseas websites in Israel.

It is crucial for individuals to be cautious when choosing and consuming dietary supplements and to follow regulations and guidelines to ensure product safety and compliance.

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