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Friday, October 02, 2015
Imported Dietary Supplements Recalled for Elevated Lead and Mercury Levels
Butala Emporium Inc., of Jackson Heights, NY, is voluntarily recalling 11 Ayurvedic (dietary) supplements (listed below) because the products were found to contain elevated lead and mercury levels which, if consumed, may cause health problems to consumers, particularly infants, small children, pregnant women, and those with underlying kidney disorders.
The products were distributed in NY through retail stores and to consumers as single-unit purchases via the firm’s Internet site within CA, CT, FL, HI, MA, NJ, OH, PA, VT, Washington, D.C., and PR.
The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the products contain high levels of lead and mercury based on testing by the New York City Department of Health laboratory and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). No complaints or illnesses have been received to date.
The concentration of lead exceeds the recommended daily lead exposure for children younger than 6 years of age and women of childbearing age and would likely be injurious to health. If a child or a pregnant woman is exposed to lead for a protracted period of time (e.g., weeks to months), permanent damage to the central nervous system, learning disorders, developmental defects, and other long-term health problems can occur. The problems that might occur are dependent on the duration and degree of exposure.