The FDA is investigating incidents associated with Life Rising dietary supplements from Ton Shen Health/Life Rising. The government was informed by the Cook County Department of Health in Chicago, Illinois that two children who may have consumed the product have elevated lead levels. In addition, the FDA is investigating reports of two people who consumed this product who died. It is not clear if the deaths are associated with the product, according to the FDA.
Lead is a toxic heavy metal. In small amounts, it can cause brain damage and lowered IQ. In larger amounts, it can cause cancer and death. Lead can affect every bodily system, but those effects depend on the age of the person, the amount ingested, and the length of time the person is exposed to lead.
Symptoms of lead poisoning include abdominal pain, vomiting, lethargy, irritability, weakness, behavior and mood changes, delirium, seizures, and coma. Infants, young children, and the developing fetus can be chronically exposed to lead that doesn’t necessarily cause symptoms. A child with lead poisoning may not look or act sick. Lead poisoning in children is linked to lower IQ scores, developmental delays, and learning disabilities.
The FDA has been investigating this product for some time. Government officials collected product samples at the Ton Shen Health/Life Rising retail location in response to the initial report. They tested the samples and found 56 times the amount of lead above the level that poses a health risk for children.
Ton Shen Health/Life Rising recalled its DHZC-2 Tablets after this discovery. The products were sold mostly in Chicago and online. After the additional adverse events reports, Ton Shen expanded their recall of DHZC-2 products and stopped distributing all other Life Rising dietary supplements.
Retailers should not sell Life Rising brand dietary supplement products, and should contact any customers who bought those products in the last 3 years and tell them about the recall. The FDA would also like retailers to stop selling other Life Rising products while the investigation is ongoing.
Consumers should not purchase or consume Life Rising brand dietary supplement DHZC-2 tablets. The FDA is investigating to see if any other Life rising products from this company may have lead. The FDA statement reads, “Consumers should not purchase or consume these products out of an abundance of caution.”
If anyone is experiencing the symptoms of lead poisoning, they should contact their doctor. And report any adverse events to the FDA MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program.