On April 1, Japan’s health ministry called on 173 beni-koji distribution companies to monitor their customers for health concerns related to the product. This came after the ministry announced that an additional 9 people had been hospitalized after using Kobayashi Pharmaceutical Company’s beni-koji red yeast rice, bringing the total number of patients to 166. The health status of these 9 patients is currently unknown. Most previously hospitalized individuals experienced symptoms such as irritability, loss of appetite, abnormal urine, and kidney disorders.

The Ministry of Health also revealed that there have been 5 deaths related to this functional food since it was introduced in February 2021 by Kobayashi. In addition, on April 1, health authorities in Taiwan reported 11 cases of health problems related to Kobayashi’s beni ko, with one person purchasing the product in Japan.

Kobayashi sold about one million packs of “beni-koji choleste help” by the end of February this year. However, many users later developed kidney disease. The company identified puberulic acid, a natural compound derived from green mold, in the production of beni-koji, which the Ministry of Health said was a powerful antibacterial and antimalarial substance that could be toxic to users.

The Department of Food Safety stated that these products were not approved for sale in Vietnam and warned against buying them through social media. If these products are found on the market, individuals are invited to inform the competent authorities for appropriate measures in accordance with the law.

In light of these concerns, it is important for consumers to be cautious when purchasing any dietary supplements or functional foods. It is always best to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new supplement regimen and to only purchase products from reputable sources that have been approved by regulatory agencies like the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or other relevant bodies.

By Samantha Johnson

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