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Japan Recalls Health Supplements: Red Yeast Rice Linked to Kidney Damage and Deaths”.

BySamantha Johnson

Mar 27, 2024
Red mould supplement pill linked to deaths and hospitalisations pulled from shelves in Japan

Japan has ordered a recall of several health supplement brands containing the ingredient ‘benikoji’ following reports of kidney-related complaints from customers. Two deaths and over 100 hospitalizations are believed to be linked to the supplements, which contain red yeast rice, also known as “benikoji”. Kobayashi Pharmaceutical, based in Osaka, is investigating the potential connection between their products and the adverse effects on kidneys. The ingredient Monascus purpureus, a red mould commonly used as a food coloring, is found in the recalled supplements.

In addition to Kobayashi’s products, over 40 other brands containing benikoji have also been recalled. Health Minister Keizo Takemi has urged Kobayashi Pharmaceutical to provide information promptly, and the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare is collecting data on potential health damage caused by the supplements.

Kobayashi Company is advising customers to discontinue the use of their products and to refrain from using them in the future. An official from the ministry warned that there may be more victims in the coming days and advised everyone to avoid benikoji, especially those with pre-existing health conditions.

While red yeast rice is known to be an alternative to statins for lowering cholesterol levels, medical studies caution about the risks of organ damage depending on its composition. Though the recalled supplements were manufactured in Japan, it is unclear if any of the ingredients were imported. This incident marks the first significant recall of a domestically produced health supplement in Japan.

By Samantha Johnson

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