Total Body Formula Liquid Dietary Supplements Recall Due To Selenium And Chromium Toxicity

Attention consumers: the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) is advising consumers not to purchase or consume Total Body Formula in the flavors of Tropical Orange and Peach Nectar, or Total Body Mega Formula in the Orange/Tangerine flavor. The liquid dietary supplement products may cause severe adverse reactions, including significant hair loss, muscle cramps,diarrhea, joint pain and fatigue.

If you or a loved one have consumed Total Body Formula or Total Body Mega Formula and experienced health problems, call Morris, King & Hodge, P.C., product liability attorneys in Huntsville, AL, at 1-888-321-8353 to find out your legal rights.

Details

On May 1, 2008, the FDA’s analysis of certain flavors of Total Body Formula and Total Body Mega Formula detected hazardous amounts of chromium and selenium. Specifically, samples contained 40,800 micrograms per serving of selenium (up to 200 times the amount indicated on the label) and 3,426 micrograms per serving of chromium (up to 17 times the recommended intake). The recommended chromium intake for an adult ranges from 35 to 45 micrograms per day. While the human body requires selenium and chromium in small amounts, consumption of large amounts of these minerals or products containing them can be harmful. Generally, adverse reactions occurred approximately 5-10 days after ingestion of the product.

The Total Body Formula products are sold in eight-ounce and 32-ounce plastic bottles, while the Total Body Mega Formula is sold in 32-ounce plastic bottles. Total Body Essential Nutrition of Atlanta is the sole distributor of the products and has voluntarily recalled Total Body Formula in the flavors of Tropical Orange and Peach Nectar and Total Body Mega Formula in Orange/Tangerine flavor. The products were distributed to 16 states (Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia) and sold over the Internet.

Total Body products with the following lot numbers have been recalled: Total Body Tropical Orange #4016801, 4024801, and 4031801; Total Body Peach Nectar #4016802 and 4031802; and Total Body Mega Orange/Tangerine #4031803. Consumers are advised to consult their health care professional if they have experienced any adverse reactions. Consumers and health care professionals can also report adverse events to the FDA’s MedWatch program at 800-FDA-1088 or online at www.fda.gov/medwatch/report.htm.

As of May 1, 2008, the CDC reports that the number of confirmed cases of adverse reactions in consumers using the products has reached to at least 201 persons in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

Excessive consumption of selenium can cause severe adverse reactions, including significant hair loss, muscle cramps, diarrhea, joint pain and fatigue.

Likewise, excessive consumption of chromium can cause may cause severe adverse reactions, such as fatigue, muscle cramps, hyperactivity, hypoglycemia, renal failure and liver toxicity. Excessive chromium intake also can interfere with certain medications.

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Additional information:

  • FDA Press Release March 27, 2008
    http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2008/NEW01812.html
  • FDA Press Release April 9, 2008
    http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2008/NEW01818.html
  • FDA Press Release May 1, 2008
    http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2008/NEW01831.html
  • CDC Health Advisory:
    http://www2a.cdc.gov/HAN/ArchiveSys/ViewMsgV.asp?AlertNum=00274

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