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Experts spotlight liver injury from herbal dietary supplements in the U.S

Posted 19 April 2023

Experts on natural products and toxicology have provided an overview of the problem of liver damage due to herbal dietary supplement (HDS) use in the United States. They suggest two strategies they hope will improve consumer safety and drive bad actors from the marketplace. One is a path for pre-clinical assessment and the other is the establishment of a list of products.
Reference: Gurley BJ, and others. Hepatoxicity due to herbal dietary supplements: Past, present, and the future. Food and Chemical Toxicology 169:113445, 2022

Their key points include:

  • The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 provides an insufficient framework for regulating HDS products.
  • 20% of adult Americans regularly consume HDS products.
  • Liver toxicity is among the most frequent serious events reported through the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition Adverse Event Reporting System.
  • 20% of all drug-induced
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Spain links death to MuscleTech Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen

Spanish authorities have issued a warning about a food supplement from the United States after it was linked to a death in Spain.

HYDROXYCUT muscletech spain aesan IovateThe Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition (AESAN) reported the withdrawal of Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen for possible serious adverse reactions. The supplement is a MuscleTech brand, which is owned by Iovate Health Sciences International.

Iovate said it believes the product does not pose a risk to consumers as there have been no reports of adverse events relating to liver toxicity or death with almost half a million units sold.

Spanish authorities reported commercialization in the country is not allowed. However, the company said it confirmed with a local distributor that the product was notified and registered in Spain.

Death in Madrid
AESAN was informed by the Coordinated System for the Rapid Exchange of Information

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