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Japan Issues Health Warning for Beni-Koji Distributors Amidst Concerns over Safety and Side Effects of Red Yeast Rice Supplement

BySamantha Nguyen

Apr 3, 2024
More Japanese individuals hospitalized due to red yeast rice consumption

On April 3, the Japanese Ministry of Health issued a warning to 173 beni-koji distribution companies to monitor their customers for any health issues related to the product. This comes after the ministry reported that an additional 9 people had been hospitalized after using Kobayashi’s beni-koji red yeast rice, bringing the total number of patients to 166. The health status of these new patients is currently unknown, but most of the previously hospitalized individuals experienced symptoms such as irritability, loss of appetite, abnormal urine, and kidney disorders.

Kobayashi introduced the product “beni-koji choleste help” in February 2021 and sold approximately one million packs 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 has been found to be a potent antibacterial and antimalarial substance that can be toxic to users.

In addition to Japan, health authorities in Taiwan have also reported 11 cases of health problems linked to Kobayashi’s beni koji. One individual purchased the product in Japan. This has led to concerns about the safety of these products and their potential impact on public health.

The Food Safety Department advises that these products have not been approved for circulation in Vietnam and warns against purchasing them through social networks. If these products are found in the market, individuals are urged to notify authorities for appropriate action in accordance with the law. It is important for consumers to exercise caution when purchasing functional foods and supplements and always check with a healthcare professional before starting any new treatment or supplement regimen.

By Samantha Nguyen

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