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WASHINGTON, May 3 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and DrugAdministrationis advising consumers not to purchase or use Vita Breath dietary supplement due to possible contamination.
The FDA said the product, manufactured by American Herbal Lab Inc. of Rosemead, Calif., might contain hazardous levels of lead.
The product is marketed athealthfairsand on the Internet.
"The FDA was notified by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene about a patient with lead poisoning who reported taking Vita Breath and two other herbal products," the federal agency said. "The department analyzed a sample of Vita Breath and reported it contained 1,100 parts per million of lead. This level is more than 10,000 times higher than FDA's maximum recommended level for lead in candy."
Officials said people with high blood levels of lead may show no symptoms, but the condition can cause damage to the nervous system and internal organs. Acute lead poisoning may cause a wide range of symptoms, including abdominal pain,muscleweakness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss and bloody or decreased urinary output. Children are particularly vulnerable to lead poisoning.
The FDA said it is working with state officials in New York and California to further investigate Vita Breath.