FDA finishes 'Total Body' products study

May 1, 2008

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration say its testing of Total Body Formula and Total Body Mega Formula has detected hazardous amounts of chromium.

On April 9 the FDA reported the dietary supplement products contained hazardous amounts of selenium. Officials said additional testing found high levels of chromium as well. The FDA said samples contained up to 3,426 micrograms of chromium for the recommended serving -- 17 times the recommended intake.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the number of confirmed cases of adverse reactions in consumers using the products has climbed to at least 195 individuals in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.

The FDA cautioned consumers March 27 not to purchase and to discontinue the use of "Total Body Formula" in tropical orange and peach nectar flavors and "Total Body Mega Formula" in the orange/tangerine flavor because of reports of adverse reactions.

Agency officials said they are trying to determine how excessive amounts of selenium and chromium got into the products that are distributed by Total Body Essential Nutrition of Atlanta.

Copyright 2008 by United Press International

Explore further: A balloon in a pill leads to weight loss

Related Stories

Finding skin cancer in a flash

July 29, 2016

The typical nude skin cancer checks with long photo sessions at your dermatologist's office to track any suspicious skin marks just got a lot more accurate, while reducing the chance of unnecessary biopsies.

Five Questions: Susan Swetter on choosing a sunscreen

June 3, 2016

With summer just around the corner, a Stanford dermatologist discusses how to think about SPF labels, how to properly apply sunscreen, the differences between UVA and UVB radiation and more. what to consider when choosing ...

Recommended for you

How the finch changes its tune

August 3, 2015

Like top musicians, songbirds train from a young age to weed out errors and trim variability from their songs, ultimately becoming consistent and reliable performers. But as with human musicians, even the best are not machines. ...

Cow embryos reveal new type of chromosome chimera

May 27, 2016

I've often wondered what happens between the time an egg is fertilized and the time the ball of cells that it becomes nestles into the uterine lining. It's a period that we know very little about, a black box of developmental ...

Shaving time to test antidotes for nerve agents

February 29, 2016

Imagine you wanted to know how much energy it took to bike up a mountain, but couldn't finish the ride to the peak yourself. So, to get the total energy required, you and a team of friends strap energy meters to your bikes ...

1 comment

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

SDMike
not rated yet May 02, 2008
Hummm China again?

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.