Two Deaths Could Be Linked To A Supplement Contaminated With Lead


The US Food and Drug Administration and Illinois health
regulators are
investigating two deaths that might be associated with
an herbal supplement made by Ton Shen Health/Life Rising, a
Chicago-based Chinese medicine company.

The US Food and Drug Administration and Illinois health regulators are investigating two deaths that might be associated with an herbal supplement made by Ton Shen Health/Life Rising, a Chicago-based Chinese medicine company.

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The FDA
confirmed that Life Rising DHZC-2 tablets — which are
marketed as a “blood circulation regulator” — contained 56
times the amount of lead that would pose a health risk for
children.

Ton Shen Health/Life Rising had issued a smaller recall of the
tablets on Aug. 11 after one person reported getting sick due
to possible lead contamination. On Monday it expanded the
recall to include all lots purchased before Aug. 24 after
additional incidents were reported.

Federal regulators at the FDA along with county and state
health regulators are now investigating a total of six adverse
event reports related to the supplement, including three
children who became sick and the two fatalities.

No additional details about the deaths were immediately
available, and the FDA stated on its website that “It is not
clear if the deaths are associated with the product.” Ton Shen
Health/Life Rising did not immediately respond to BuzzFeed
News’ request for comment.

“Lead poisoning can occur when a person is exposed to high
levels of lead over a short period of time,”
said Nirav Shah, director of the Illinois Department of
Public Health, in a statement.

Adult symptoms of lead poisoning can include abdominal pain,
vomiting, lethargy, irritability, weakness, behavior or mood
changes, delirium, seizures, and coma. Children and infants may
not “look or act sick,”
according to the FDA, but lead poisoning in children can
cause learning disabilities, developmental delays, and lower IQ
scores.

“We urge people not buy the recalled supplement if they see it
in stores, and for people who have purchased this product, to
return it for a refund,” said Shah. “The health effects of lead
poisoning can be serious, and in some cases deadly.”

Life Rising was established by an herbalist and acupuncturist
Zhengang Guo in 1985, according to the
company’s website. It has offices in Chicago, Westmon and
Northbrook, Illinois.



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