Functional Foods Not Licensed in Vietnam Linked to 5 Deaths in Japan

In response to recent reports linking Kobayashi Pharmaceutical Company’s red yeast rice product to 5 deaths in Japan, the Food Safety Department (Ministry of Health) has clarified that it did not issue a circulation license for the product. A spokesperson for the department stated that they had not issued certificates for several products from Kobayashi Pharmaceutical Company, including those later recalled due to health concerns.

Following the recalls by Kobayashi Pharmaceutical Company, which were initiated after a significant number of people were hospitalized and 5 reported deaths by the end of March, the Food Safety Department issued a warning to consumers not to purchase or use any unapproved products from the company. The department urged the public to alert authorities if these products are found on the market so that appropriate action can be taken in accordance with the law.

The incident has raised concerns about product safety and the need for stricter regulations in the pharmaceutical industry. Consumers are advised to be cautious and only use products that have been properly approved and certified by regulatory authorities to ensure their safety and well-being.

By Sophia Gonzalez

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