The Ministry of Health and Consumption issued a statement reporting on the investigation that had been launched to determine the cause of nine cases of liver toxicity that occurred between 2003 and 2007 and its possible link to the intake of dietary products from Herbalife company Internacional España, SL.
Herbalife, which markets dietary products, food supplements and foods that are credited with losing weight and improving overall well-being, is being investigated by the Committee for the Safety of Medicinal Products for Human Use (CSMH) and the Special Working Committee of the Scientific Committee of the Spanish Agency for Safety and Nutrition (AESAN).
The registration of nine cases of liver toxicity in our country, as well as many reactions in other European Union countries that occurred between 1992 and 2006, six more in Iceland and another 22 in Switzerland and Israel over the same period. Spain is investigating the situation and launching a series of recommendations to prevent citizens.
In a statement, Health explained that so far the causal link between the intake of these products and cases of toxicity is not easy to establish, although in some cases this possibility is stronger than in others.
Herbalife products are sold directly at home and sometimes consumers become distributors themselves. This makes tracking or tracking products more difficult.
For this reason, and while the investigation is ongoing, Health advises anyone who feels or suspects that a product is causing harmful effects to contact a doctor and inform the health authorities.
The Spanish Medicines and Health Products Agency has circulated this and other recommendations to pharmacists and doctors across the country so that they can be alerted against a suspicious case and who can be consulted in case of doubt.
You can also make inquiries through the Citizens’ Office of the Ministry of Health, by calling 901 400 100 or the website www.msc.es, or the information service of the General State Administration (060 or www.060.es).
More information: Ministry of Health and Consumption
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