A New York company is voluntarily recalling 11 of its supplements after the products were found to contain elevated lead and mercury levels.
The Ayurvedic supplements from Butala Emporium were distributed in New York through retail stores and sold online in California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico.
No complaints or illnesses have been received to date.
The mercury levels in the supplements are high and exceed the weekly intake exposure and would likely be injurious to health, the FDA said in a news release. Short-term, the elevated mercury can cause kidney, stomach and intestinal symptoms. Month-long use could be potentially lethal and may cause symptoms such as psychiatric and personality disturbances and neurological conditions.
The concentration of lead exceeds the recommended daily lead exposure for children less than 6 years of age and women of childbearing age.
The products, 80-count capsules packed in white plastic bottles with green, yellow or orange labeling under the brand name “Baidyanath” are made by Shree Baidyanath Ayurved Bhawan (P) Ltd. 1 Gupta Lane, Kolkata, India. The imported, recalled products are:
Baidyanath brand Saptamrit Lauh--Batch No. SPL-04, expiration date 4/2018
Baidyanath brand Rajahpravartini Bati--Batch No. RAJ-15 0 & 126, expiration date 1/2019 & 07/2016
Baidyanath brand Sarivadi Bati--Batch No. SRI-09, expiration date 04/2018
Baidyanath brand Shankh Bati--Batch No. SHN-02, expiration date 08/2018
Baidyanath brand Marichyadi Bati--Batch No. 200, expiration date 08/2017
Baidyanath brand Agnitundi Bati--Batch No. 018, expiration date 02/2016
Baidyanath brand Arogyavardhini Bati--Batch No. 018, expiration date 03/2017
Baidyanath brand Sarivadi Bati--Batch No. SARI-015, expiration date 01/2019
Baidyanath brand Brahmi Bati--Batch No. HGB-18, Expiration date 03/2019, Batch Nos. 244 & 242, expiration date 03/2017 (products without Batch No. or expiration date are subject to this recall)
Baidyanath brand Gaisantak Bati--Batch No. GAI-09, expiration date 08/2018 and Batch No. 141, expiration date 10/2017
Baidyanath brand Chitrakadi Bati--Batch No. 193, expiration date 02/2018
Lead- and mercury-based testing by the NYC Department of Health and FDA initiated the recall.
Consumers who have purchased the products are urged to not consume the product and should return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-718-899-5590, Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm ET or email email@example.com.
Ayurveda is a type of holistic medicine developed in India thousands of years ago.