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Red Yeast Rice Recall: Kobayashi Pharmaceutical and More Than 40 Other Companies Face Criticism for Health Supplements

BySamantha Nguyen

Mar 27, 2024
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Kobayashi Pharmaceutical, based in Osaka, has issued a recall of health supplements containing the ingredient “benikoji” after reports of kidney-related complaints from customers. The recall was ordered by Japan’s Ministry of Health after two deaths and over 100 hospitalizations were reported in connection with the supplements.

The supplements in question contain red yeast rice, or benikoji, and are marketed as products that can help lower cholesterol levels. However, medical studies suggest that red yeast rice can be effective in lowering cholesterol but also come with a risk of organ damage, depending on its composition.

In addition to Kobayashi’s products, more than 40 other products from different companies containing benikoji have also been recalled. These include miso paste, crackers, and vinegar dressing. The Ministry of Health has instructed local authorities to collect information on any health damage linked to these products.

Health Minister Keizo Takemi has urged Kobayashi Pharmaceutical to provide information promptly and has called on the public to stop using the supplements. The company has issued an apology and advised users not to consume the products in the future.

Concern is mounting that more victims could come forward in the coming days, especially those with pre-existing health issues. The recall is the first major one involving domestically produced supplements in Japan. While all the products were made in Japan, it is unknown if any of the raw materials used were imported. Authorities are urging the public to avoid products containing benikoji to prevent further health issues.

By Samantha Nguyen

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