Dangerous pills – level 1

01-04-2024 15:00

Japanese company Kobayashi Pharmaceutical asks people to return dangerous pills.

These pills probably kill two people and hurt over 100 people. These pills should help with high cholesterol. There is red yeast rice in them. Companies use it to color food. It seems that red yeast rice is bad for the kidneys.

Japanese officials check the situation. Other companies must bring back products with red yeast rice, too. Kobayashi says sorry. The company asks people not to use their pills.

Difficult words: return (to bring back), cholesterol (a type of fat in the blood), kidney (one of the two organs which filter blood).

You can watch the original video in the Level 3 section.

Do you think the Japanese government should take stricter measures against companies using red yeast rice in their products? Why or why not?


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