Consumers are being warned that Total Body Formula and Total Body Mega Formula liquid dietary supplements are being voluntarily recalled by the distributors. The supplements caused severe adverse reactions, including significant hair loss, in twenty-three individuals who used it.
Reactions occurred seven to ten days after the products were consumed and included muscle cramps, diarrhea, joint pain, fatigue, and significant hair loss. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is conducting an ongoing investigation working with the Florida Department of Health.
Consumers are advised not to purchase or use Total Body Formula in Tropical Orange and Peach Nectar flavors and Total Body Mega Formula in Orange/Tangerine flavor. These products are available in 32-ounce plastic bottles and are distributed by Total Body Essential Nutrition of Atlanta. Use of these products should cease immediately and they should be discarded in a trash receptacle outside of the home.
The products have been distributed in the following states: Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
According to FOXNews.com:
The FDA is analyzing the product and said the reactions may have stemmed from excessive amounts of selenium, which is known to cause symptoms such as those described in the adverse events reported to the agency. Selenium, a trace mineral, is needed only in small amounts for good health, the FDA said.
Individuals who have taken these products and who have experienced adverse reactions should contact a medical professional immediately. The FDA asks that consumers and health care professionals report such reactions to the FDA’s MedWatch program by calling 800-FDA-1088.
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