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FDA Warns of Potential Lead Poisoning in Supplement

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DHZC-2 tablets found to contain lead

Here’s a warning from the FDA about a dietary supplement that tests reveal is contaminated with lead.


Lead poisoning almost seems so ‘60s. Remember those old TV commercials showing a young child peeling flakes of paint off of his home and eating them?! As it turns out, lead poisoning is still a problem and may be indicated in a child who has a delayed reading readiness problem.

Furthermore, cases of lead poisoning have been revealed in the U.S. in adults who unknowingly expose themselves to lead-contaminated Ayurvedic medicines from India and other heavy-meatal containing supplements.

More recently, however, the FDA has issued a new alert warning consumers that the dietary supplement company Ton Shen Health of Chicago, IL, is recalling its “DHZC-2” tablets because they have the potential to be contaminated with elevated levels of lead. The problem with lead exposure is that it adversely affects multiple body systems and is especially harmful to young children―even if the exposure is over short period of time.

Lead poisoning symptoms in children include:

• Developmental delay
• Learning difficulties
• Loss of appetite
• Weight loss
• Sluggishness and fatigue
• Abdominal pain
• Constipation
• Irritability
• Vomiting
• Hearing loss

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In adults, lead poisoning symptoms include:

• High blood pressure
• Abdominal pain
• Constipation
• Pain, numbness or tingling of the extremities
• Joint pain
• Muscle pain
• Declines in mental functioning
• Headache
• Memory loss
• Mood disorders
• Miscarriage or premature birth in pregnant women

According to the FDA alert, the recalled "DHZC-2" tablets were mostly sold locally in the Chicago area in retail stores, while some were distributed to other states through mail orders. Thus far, one illness has been reported to date in connection with the recalled supplement.

The public is told to be on the lookout for the "DHZC-2" tablets that come in a 1.6 ounce, white plastic package marked with lot # 2163-844 on the bottom. UPC: 616042102727. Consumers who have purchased DHZC-2 tablets are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-312-842-2775 central standard time, Monday to Friday, from 9:30AM to 5:00PM.

For more about the threat of lead poisoning in the home, here is an informative article about lead poisoning from toys and school supplies still being a threat to children.

Reference: FDA.gov “Ton Shen Health Recalls “DHZC-2 Tablet” Because of Possible Health Risk

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