Diet supplement affects 91 in U.S.

U.S. regulators are concerned about a diet supplement which had caused 91 adverse reactions as of April 11, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on April 9 that Total Body Formula Tropical Orange and Peach Nectar flavours and Total Body Mega Formula Orange/Tangerine flavour had been recalled.

People from Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Virginia were affected.
A Health Canada official said the products are not sold in Canada and have not been found here, the Canadian Press reported.

The FDA said the supplement contains hazardous levels of selenium and chromium.

Too much selenium can cause significant hair loss, muscle cramps, diarrhea, joint pain, fatigue, loss of fingernails and skin blisters.

Excessive chromium may result in renal failure, elevated hepatic enzymes, blood problems, changes in thought processes, gastrointestinal disorders, chest pain, erythema/flushing/rash, dizziness, headache, agitation and possible kidney problems.

Total Body Formula comes in eight-ounce and 32-ounce plastic bottles, while Total Body Mega Formula is sold in 32-ounce plastic bottles.

The affected lot numbers are: Total Body Tropical Orange 4016801, 4024801 and 4031801; Total Body Peach Nectar 4016802 and 4031802; and Total Body Mega Orange/Tangerine 4031803.