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Recall of Total Body Essential Nutrition Products!

By Anne Keckler | March 28, 2008

THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH WARNS CONSUMERS OF ADVERSE REACTIONS FROM DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Health is investigating an outbreak of suspect selenium poisoning associated with consumption of a dietary supplement. 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 liquid dietary supplement products may cause severe adverse reactions, including nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, joint pain and fatigue. These symptoms can be followed by hair loss, nail brittleness and neurological abnormalities (such as numbness and other odd sensations in the hands, arms, legs or feet). To date, 27 cases have been identified in Florida from four counties (Calhoun, Gulf, Lake and Washington).

The Total Body Formula products are sold in eight-ounce and 32-ounce plastic bottles. The Total Body Mega Formula is sold in 32-ounce plastic bottles. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is analyzing samples of the products to identify the cause of the reactions, including the possibility that the products contain excessive amounts of selenium, which is known to cause symptoms such as those described in the adverse events. Selenium, a trace mineral , is needed only in small amounts for good health.

The products have also been distributed in Alabama, California, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

DOH and the FDA advise consumers in Florida to avoid using the products immediately and to discard the bottles by placing them in a trash receptacle. Consumers who have been taking the products and have experienced adverse reactions should consult their health care professional or their local Poison Control Center at 1 800-222-1222 for medical advice.

For information about the product, consumers can call the FDA’s toll-free Food Safety Hotline at 1-888-SAFEFOOD. All suspect cases of selenium poisoning should be reported to a local county health department.

DOH promotes, protects and improves the health of all people in Florida. To learn more about DOH, visit the website at www.doh.state.fl.us.

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