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Posted October 1, 2019

Lead and Arsenic Found in Multi Mineral & Vitamin Supplement

On September 30, 2019, Cellect Products Inc. and Oglethorpe Ltd. issued a recall of one lot of Cellect®, Essentials Factor® Multi Mineral & Vitamin Supplement Unflavored Powder Mix because it was found to contain unsafe levels of lead and arsenic.

Exposure to lead, even at low levels, is associated with neurological impairment, and in children, learning disabilities and lower IQ scores. Lead can accumulate in the body over time. Symptoms of lead toxicity include abdominal pain, headache, changes in blood pressure, dizziness, kidney and brain damage. Arsenic is a carcinogen and can damage organs.

According to the recall notice, taking more than two servings daily of the product could potentially "result in an accumulation of lead in the body over time and too much of it can cause serious and sometimes permanent adverse health consequences."

Recalled Cellect®, Essentials Factor® Multi Mineral & Vitamin Supplement Unflavored Powder Mix was distributed in retails stores and through the internet in the U.S. and to individual customers in Canada, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Switzerland, France, Croatia, Romania, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Singapore, China, India, Thailand, and Japan. It is packaged in a white plastic bottle with lot #041907 and a manufactured (MFG) date of 05/20/2019 stamped on the bottom.

Consumers who have purchased this product should stop using it and should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

See ConsumerLab's Review of Multivitamin and Multimineral Supplements for tests of related products. ConsumerLab tests any multivitamin/mineral product claiming to contain whole herbs or more than 250 mg of minerals per daily serving for contamination with arsenic, cadmium, and lead.

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To read the complete recall notice, use the link below.