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Total Body Formula, Total Body Mega Formula

May 1, 2008

Audience: Consumers, healthcare professionals

[UPDATE 05/01/2008] FDA notified healthcare professionals and consumers that the Agency's final analysis of certain flavors of "Total Body Formula" and "Total Body Mega Formula" detected hazardous amounts of chromium in addition to selenium. Excessive consumption of chromium can cause fatigue, muscle cramps, hyperactivity, hypoglycemia, renal failure and liver toxicity. Excessive chromium intake can also interfere with certain medications. FDA continues to investigate how excessive amounts of selenium and chromium got into the products.

[UPDATE 04/10/2008] The FDA notified healthcare professionals and patients that it has found hazardous levels of selenium in samples of certain flavors of the dietary supplement products "Total Body Formula" and "Total Body Mega Formula." Analyses of samples by FDA have found most of the samples contain extremely high levels of selenium -- up to 200 times the amount of selenium indicated on the labels of the products. The FDA has received 43 reports of persons from nine states who experienced serious adverse reactions using these products. The adverse reactions generally occurred after five to 10 days of daily ingestion of the product, and included significant hair loss, muscle cramps, diarrhea, joint pain, deformed fingernails, and fatigue. Consumers should stop taking the products and consult their healthcare professional if they experience any adverse events associated with the use of the products.

[Posted 03/28/2008] The FDA notified consumers of a recall of, and advised them not to purchase or consume, the liquid dietary supplement products Total Body Formula in the flavors of Tropical Orange and Peach Nectar, or Total Body Mega Formula in the Orange/Tangerine flavor. The Florida Department of Health recently provided reports to the FDA on 23 individuals who experienced serious reactions to these products seven to 10 days after ingestion. In all cases, the reactions included significant hair loss, muscle cramps, diarrhea, joint pain and fatigue. FDA laboratories are analyzing samples of the products to identify the cause of the reactions.

[May 01, 2008 - News Release - FDA]
[April 09, 2008 - News Release - FDA]
[March 27, 2008 - News Release - FDA]

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