Functional Foods Not Licensed in Vietnam Linked to 5 Deaths in Japan

In response to recent reports linking Kobayashi Pharmaceutical Company’s red yeast rice product to 5 deaths in Japan, the Food Safety Department (Ministry of Health) has issued a clarification. The department stated that it did not issue a circulation license for the product, and that recent media reports about the company’s products causing deaths and hospitalizations were concerning.

Upon investigation, it was found that the department had not issued the necessary certificates for several products from Kobayashi Pharmaceutical Company, including the ones that were later recalled due to health concerns. The Food Safety Department has now issued a warning to consumers not to purchase or use any products from Kobayashi Pharmaceutical Company that have not been approved by the department.

The company initiated recalls after a significant number of people were hospitalized in Japan, with 5 reported deaths by the end of March. The company identified puberulic acid, a natural compound from green mold, in their beni-koji product, which was found to be toxic to users. Japanese officials are still investigating the situation and have not reached a final conclusion.

The incident has raised concerns about product safety and the need for stricter regulations in the pharmaceutical industry. Consumers are advised to be cautious and to only use products that have been properly approved and certified by regulatory authorities to ensure their safety and well-being.

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