The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to use the supplement Vita Breath. Testing by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has determined that Vita Breath contains 1,100 parts per million of lead. This amount is 10,000 times higher than FDAâ€™s recommended maximum level of lead in candy.*
High levels of lead can cause damage to the brain and vital organs.
Vita Breath is manufactured by American Herbal Lab Inc. of Rosemead, Calif. And is sold primarily online and at health fairs. According to the FDA., â€œWhile [p]eople with high blood levels of lead may show no symptomsâ€¦ [a]cute lead poisoning may cause a wide range of symptoms, including abdominal pain, muscle weakness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, and bloody or decreased urinary output.â€ Children are particularly at risk. Consumers who have used Vita Breath should contact their healthcare provider for testing and treatment.
*Which begs the question, â€œHow much is the recommended level for lead in candy?â€