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Posted April 11, 2008

Update: Hazardous Levels of Selenium Confirmed by FDA in Two Supplements

On April 11, 2008, the FDA notified healthcare professionals and patients that it has found hazardous levels of selenium in samples of certain flavors of the dietary supplement products "Total Body Formula" and "Total Body Mega Formula." Analyses of samples by FDA have found most of the samples contain extremely high levels of selenium -- up to 200 times the amount of selenium indicated on the labels of the products. The FDA has received 43 reports of persons from nine states who experienced serious adverse reactions using these products. The adverse reactions generally occurred after five to 10 days of daily ingestion of the product, and included significant hair loss, muscle cramps, diarrhea, joint pain, deformed fingernails, and fatigue. Consumers should stop taking the products and consult their healthcare professional if they experience any adverse events associated with the use of the products.

Read the complete MedWatch 2008 safety summary, including a link to the FDA News Release, at the address below http://www.fda.gov/medwatch/safety/2008/safety08.htm#TotalBody