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Total Body Supplements Hazardous Chromium Results Disclosed by FDA

Filed May 1st, 2008 amy

The FDA has been quick to finish up its analysis of “Total Body Formula” and “Total Body Mega Formula‚ÄĚ supplements found to contain hazardous amounts of chromium. These have been a hot issue with the FDA over the past few months.

On April 9, 2008, the FDA reported the dietary supplement products contained hazardous amounts of selenium in samples of “Total Body Formula” in Tropical Orange and Peach Nectar flavors and “Total Body Mega Formula” in the Orange/Tangerine flavor. Further FDA analysis of the products found high levels of chromium as well. The samples contained up to 3,426 micrograms of chromium for the recommended serving (17 times the recommended intake). The recommended chromium intake for an adult ranges from 35 to 45 micrograms per day.

Back in March, the FDA put out a warning to consumers not to take the ‚ÄúTotal Body Formula‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúTotal Body Mega Formula‚ÄĚ after nearly two dozen Florida residents were sickened with severe side effects, adverse reactions. At that time, the FDA reported side effects of significant hair loss, muscle cramps, diarrhea, joint pain and fatigue.

The new FDA finding comes as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the number of confirmed cases of adverse reactions in consumers using the products has climbed to at least 201 individuals in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

Today the FDA warns of chromium contamination, saying excessive consumption of chromium can cause fatigue, muscle cramps, hyperactivity, hypoglycemia, renal failure and liver toxicity. Excessive chromium intake also can interfere with certain medications.

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