Dietary Supplements Recalled Due to Unhealthy Lead, Mercury Levels
Elevated levels of two dangerous substances has prompted the recall of several dietary supplements.
Butala Emporium, Inc. is voluntarily recalling eleven products after the discovery of lead and mercury levels that can cause health problems to consumers. The products are marketed as Ayurvedic supplements, derivative of an ancient Hindu health philosophy.
The recalled products are packaged in 80-count white, plastic bottles with green, yellow or orange labeling under the brand name "Baidyanath" and a top cap sticker bearing the name of Butala Emporium. For a list of the eleven recalled supplements and corresponding batch numbers, see the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) press release.
The product was distributed in New York through retail stores and nationwide through the firm's website.
The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the products contain high levels of lead and mercury based on NYC Department of Health laboratory and U.S. Food and Drug Administrating testing. No complaints or illnesses have been reported to date.
High lead concentration would likely be harmful to children less than 6 years of age and women of childbearing age, causing permanent damage to the central nervous system, learning disorders, developmental defects, and other long-term health problems.
Elevated mercury levels in short term use can cause kidney, stomach and intestinal symptoms, while month-long use of these products could be potentially lethal. Mercury consumption at these levels can also cause psychiatric and personality disturbances, ataxia (or loss of coordination), visual loss, hearing loss, and other neurological conditions particularly exposed in utero.
Butala is notifying individuals not to consume this product.
Consumers with questions can contact the company at (718) 899-5590.