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Arsenic warning for Asian food supplements

Published tisdag 16 juli 2013 kl 11.37
Sweden's National Food Agency has issued an arsenic warning for Chinese and Indian dietary supplements. Photo: Janerik Henriksson/Scanpix.

Sweden's National Food Agency has warned that an Asian dietary supplement contains dangerous levels of arsenic.

The Chinese product, Superior Niu-Huang Chieh-tu-pien, has already been taken off the shelves in Stockholm but could still be on sale in other parts of the country.

"The recommended dose includes a daily level of unorganic arsenic which, in the worst case, represents half of the lowest dose that can lead to death," toxicologist Leif Busk said in a statement.

The Food Agency also warned that two Indian dietary supplements, Divya Kaishore Guggul and Chandraprabha Vati, contain arsenic, but in lower degrees than the Chinese product.

All three products also contain quicksilver and lead.

The City of Stockholm has issued a warning about the supplements to the other EU nations via the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF).

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