Posted July 1, 2002

Recall of Nature's Way Nettle Product Due to Lead Contamination

On June 28, 2002 Nature's Way Products recalled four lots of an herbal allergy-relief dietary supplement due to excessive amounts of lead in the product.

The product, Nettle, is sold in 100-capsule white bottles that come with green lids. The tainted pills were distributed nationwide, mostly to health food retail outlets, from October to May, 2001.

Affected lot numbers, which can be identified by numbers printed on the bottom of each bottle, are 131237, 131238, 140738 and 215229.

People who ingest high levels of lead, especially children, can suffer serious damage to the central nervous system.

According to an article from the Associated Press, Nature's Way said in a statement the product was found to have ``excessive amounts of lead,'' but the company spokesman Gordon Walker couldn't elaborate.

``It varies by lot,'' he said.

Walker said the company wasn't aware of any consumer health problems related to the discovery.

The problem was traced to a single batch of raw material used in manufacturing the four affected lots. Walker said the company was investigating with a supplier to determine how the lead reached the product.

Nature's Way learned of the problem through the California Attorney General's Office, which discovered it through a random testing program ``within the last few weeks,'' Walker said.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at (800) 283-3323.