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Avoid using supplements with red rice yeast

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Apr 3, 2024

After reports of the death of five people in Japan who took nutritional supplements to lower cholesterol, Mako Health contacted the Ministry of Health to address the issue. Last night, Mako Health issued a warning to the public advising against the use of supplements produced by the Kobayashi Pharmaceutical Company in Japan. These supplements contain red rice yeast as an ingredient. The Ministry of Health in Japan had ordered a wholesale recall of the company’s nutritional supplements just last week in response to the incident.

An ongoing investigation is being conducted, but it is estimated that there is a connection between the consumption of nutritional supplements containing red rice yeast extract, called Beni Koji, and the reported deaths and hospitalizations. Thousands of complaints from consumers regarding health effects such as changes in urine color, swollen limbs, fatigue, and kidney problems have been reported to the company’s headquarters in Osaka. Additionally, other products containing the same ingredient, such as miso paste, crackers, and salad dressings, have been recalled.

In Israel, the Ministry of Health states that red rice yeast extract is not approved for use in dietary supplements. No reports have been received in Israel of adverse effects from consuming these nutritional supplements purchased from foreign websites, and commercial import of such supplements requires prior approval from the National Food Service. Importers must provide evidence of a product’s safety and compliance with food legislation before approval is granted.

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