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Kidney Problems Prompt Recall of Red Yeast Rice Supplements in Japan: Health Minister and Companies Issue Warnings

BySamantha Jones

Mar 27, 2024
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In response to reports of kidney-related complaints from customers, Kobayashi Company has issued a recall of health supplements containing the ingredient “benikoji.” The recall was ordered by Japan’s Ministry of Health after two deaths and over 100 hospitalizations were reported in connection with the supplements.

The supplements in question contain red yeast rice, or benikoji, and are marketed as products that can help lower cholesterol levels. Kobayashi Pharmaceutical, based in Osaka, is currently investigating a potential link between the products and kidney issues.

In addition to Kobayashi’s products, more than 40 other products from different companies containing benikoji have also been recalled, including miso paste, crackers, and vinegar dressing. The Ministry of Health has instructed local authorities to collect information on any health damage linked to these products.

Health Minister Keizo Takemi has urged Kobayashi Pharmaceutical to provide information promptly and has called on the public to stop using the supplements. The company has issued an apology and advised users not to consume the products in the future.

There is concern that more victims could come forward in the coming days, especially those with pre-existing health issues. Medical studies suggest that red yeast rice can be effective in lowering cholesterol but also come with a risk of organ damage, depending on its composition.

This recall is the first major one involving domestically produced supplements in Japan. While all the products were made in Japan, it is unknown if any of the raw materials used were imported. Authorities are urging the public to avoid products containing benikoji to prevent further health issues.

By Samantha Jones

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