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Last night, the Ministry of Health in Japan issued a public warning against the use of dietary supplements produced by the Kobayashi Pharmaceutical Company. The warning was issued after reports of the death of five people who had taken the supplements to lower their cholesterol levels. The supplements were found to contain red rice yeast as an ingredient.

The Ministry had ordered a wholesale recall of the company’s supplements last week following concerns about a potential connection between the supplements and adverse health effects. Thousands of complaints from consumers who experienced symptoms such as changes in urine color, swollen limbs, fatigue, and exhaustion after using the supplements were received by the company’s headquarters in Osaka. In addition to the recalled supplements, other products containing red rice yeast extract were also recalled.

The Ministry of Health in Israel stated that red rice yeast extract is not approved for use in dietary supplements in Israel. Importers of nutritional supplements to Israel must obtain approval from the National Food Service of the Ministry of Health, providing evidence of product safety and compliance with food legislation. There have been no reports of adverse effects from consumers who purchased the supplements from overseas websites in Israel.

The incident highlights the importance of being cautious when choosing and consuming dietary supplements and following regulations and guidelines to ensure product safety and compliance. Consumers should always research products before purchasing them and consult with healthcare professionals if they experience any adverse effects after taking a new dietary supplement.

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