Dangerous pills – level 3

01-04-2024 15:00

Japanese authorities have ordered Kobayashi Pharmaceutical to recall three dietary supplements due to their connection to two fatalities and over 100 hospitalizations.

These supplements contain red yeast rice and they were supposed to help lower cholesterol. The key ingredient, Beni koji, contains a red mold used in food coloring. Kobayashi Pharmaceutical is investigating a potential link between the products and kidney issues. The recall also affects other products using Beni koji.

Kobayashi’s share prices fell after the company voluntarily recalled its supplements. The Health Minister urged the company to share information quickly, and the Ministry of Health cautioned people against using Beni koji products.

Difficult words: potential (possible), voluntarily (done willingly), caution (to say something as a warning).

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What are some of the potential health risks associated with the use of Kobayashi Pharmaceutical's dietary supplements containing red yeast rice and Beni koji?


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