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Red Yeast Rice Recall: The Dark Side of a Popular Health Supplement in Japan

BySamantha Nguyen

Mar 27, 2024
Red mould supplement pill linked to deaths and hospitalisations pulled from shelves in Japan | Health News

In Japan, Kobayashi Company has issued a recall of health supplements containing the ingredient “benikoji” after two deaths and over 100 hospitalizations were reported in connection with the supplements. The red yeast rice, or benikoji, is marketed as a product that can help lower cholesterol levels.

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

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.

There are concerns that more victims could come forward in the coming days, especially those with pre-existing health issues. 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. This 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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