Herbal Medicine Linked to Lead Poisoning in Toddler
The FDA has issued a warning regarding an herbal cold remedy called Bo Ying Compound following the lead intoxication of an 18-month-old toddler. A subsequent testing of the 16-herb compound determined that it contained high levels of lead, though the FDA has not issued a recall for the product as of yet.
This dangerous product is marketed for use in children. According to Eu San Yang, the compound’s manufacturer, Bo Ying is intended for use in children ages one to 10 and “helps clear phlegm and nasal discharge from colds and persistent cough; helps baby sleep better; helps baby regain appetite.” However, there is some suspicion that the Bo Ying Compound being sold in the United States is counterfeit, as Eu San Yang not only tests its products for heavy metals, but does not export this particular herbal remedy to the U.S. This could add a layer of complexity to lawsuits holding the manufacturer of this product liable for injury to children.
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