Functional foods linked to deaths in Japan have not been licensed in Vietnam

The Food Safety Department (Ministry of Health) has announced that they have not issued a circulation license for Kobayashi Pharmaceutical Company’s red yeast rice product, which has been linked to 5 deaths in Japan. Recent media reports about the company recalling several products that have caused deaths and hospitalizations have raised concerns. The Department stated that they have not issued a certificate of registration for product declaration or compliance with food safety regulations for several products from Kobayashi Pharmaceutical Company.

The incident involving Kobayashi Pharmaceutical Company and their recalled products has highlighted the importance of food safety regulations and the need for consumers to be cautious when purchasing dietary supplements. It serves as a reminder of the potential risks associated with unregulated products and the importance of government oversight in ensuring the safety of food and supplements in the market. On April 1, the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare reported that the number of people hospitalized after using supplements from Kobayashi Pharmaceutical Company had increased to 157 by the end of March, with 5 deaths recorded. The discovery of puberulic acid, a natural compound derived from green mold, in the production of beni-koji has raised concerns about toxicity. Japanese officials are still investigating the situation and have not reached a final conclusion.

By Sophia Gonzalez

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