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Avoid using red rice yeast in nutritional supplements

The recent news of the death of five people in Japan who took nutritional supplements to lower cholesterol has raised concerns about the safety of dietary supplements. In response, Mako Health contacted the Ministry of Health regarding the matter. Last night, the Ministry warned the public not to use the supplements produced by the Kobayashi Pharmaceutical Company in Japan, as they contain red rice yeast as an ingredient.

The recall was ordered 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 the same ingredient, such as miso paste, crackers, and salad dressings, were also recalled.

The Ministry of Health in Israel stated that red rice yeast extract is not approved for use in dietary supplements 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 important to be cautious when choosing and consuming dietary supplements and to follow regulations and guidelines to ensure product safety and compliance. Consumers should always consult with a healthcare professional before taking any new dietary supplement or making significant changes to their nutrition plan. By doing so, they can help protect themselves from potential harm caused by unsafe or unapproved products.

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