More Japanese individuals hospitalized due to red yeast rice consumption

On April 1, the Japanese Ministry of Health reported that 9 more people have been hospitalized after using beni-koji red yeast rice from pharmaceutical company Kobayashi, bringing the total number of patients to 166. The health status of these 9 individuals is currently unknown, but most of the previously hospitalized individuals experienced symptoms such as irritability, loss of appetite, abnormal urine, and kidney disorders.

On March 27, the Ministry of Health in Japan issued a warning to all beni-koji distribution companies to monitor their customers for any health issues related to the product. Since then, there have been 5 reported deaths associated with this functional food. Additionally, on April 1, health authorities in Taiwan reported 11 cases of health problems linked to Kobayashi’s beni koji, with one individual purchasing the product in Japan.

Kobayashi introduced the product “beni-koji choleste help” in February 2021 and sold approximately one million packs by the end of February this year. However, many users later developed kidney disease. The company identified puberulic acid, a natural compound derived from green mold, in the production of beni-koji. According to the Ministry of Health in Japan, this compound is a potent antibacterial and antimalarial substance that can be toxic to users.

The Food Safety Department advised that these products have not been approved for circulation in Vietnam and warned against purchasing them through social networks. If these products are found in the market, individuals are urged to notify authorities for appropriate action in accordance with the law.

By Aiden Johnson

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