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Contaminated Herb Formula Recalled

January 19, 2001

WASHINGTON (AP) _ A Massachusetts company is recalling a Chinese herb formula after federal testing found some of the product contaminated with a chemical that can destroy the kidneys.

BMK International of Wellesley, Mass., said it was recalling Neo Concept Aller Relief after being informed by the Food and Drug Administration that the product contained trace amounts of aristolochic acid.

The chemical is highly toxic to the kidneys and can cause cancer. The FDA stopped imports of the herb family Aristolochia after reports of kidney failure from Britain and Belgium. Other Chinese herbal products also have been recalled. No illnesses have been attributed to the products in the United States.

BMK International said Neo Concept Aller Relief was distributed nationwide to retail sellers and licensed health-care professionals. Its packages contain 30 or 90 capsules with lot numbers 003480 and 006480.

Customers should return the product to the place of purchase for a refund. People with questions can contact the company at 1-781-235-9999.

The company said it is reformulating the product to ensure that is does not include any herbs containing aristolochic acid.

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