Maryland Officials Find Elevated Levels of Lead in Bo Ying Compound
Federal regulators continue to issue warning about the risk of lead poisoning with a supplement made by a company based in Hong Kong.
The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene found elevated levels of lead in Bo Ying Compound, a supplement marketed to treat a variety of ailments in infants and children.
Made by Eu Yan Sang Ltd., the powered product is marketed on retail outlets and online to treat the flu, fever, sneezing and nasal discharge. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) previously received one adverse event report of lead poisoning in an 18-month-old child who was given the supplement.
Exposure to lead can cause serious damage to the central nervous system, the kidneys, and the immune system. In children, chronic exposure to lead, even at low levels, is associated with impaired cognitive function, including reduced IQ, behavioral difficulties, and other problems.
Children or adults who have taken the supplement should see a health professional immediately.
The FDA has been warning consumers about the dangers of the product since September 2014 when the New York Department of Health also found elevated levels of lead.
Healthcare professionals and consumers are encouraged to report to the FDA any adverse events related to Bo Ying compound to the MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program.