Supplements or Remedies Found to Contain Lead, Mercury, or Arsenic

Certain supplements or remedies may be harmful to your health because they contain high levels of heavy metals such as lead, mercury or arsenic, which are poisons and can be dangerous to your health. A product may contain high levels of one or more heavy metals even if they are not listed as ingredients on the label. See below for a list of specific products to avoid.

  • Do not use products listed below
  • Do not use any other products known to contain lead, arsenic or mercury
  • If you use or have used these products, ask your doctor to test you for lead and other heavy metals
  • Publications and Alerts (PDF)
  • Product Images/FAQs (PDF)
Supplements or Remedies Made in India
Product Name Manufacturer Name Resources
Abhrak Bhasma Baidyanath Publication
Agnitundi Bati Baidyanath Health Alert (PDF) | Product Recall | FDA Alert | Press Release
Arogyawardhini Bati Baidyanath Health Alert (PDF) | Product Recall | FDA Alert | Press Release
Arogyawardhini Bati
(Enriched with Shilajeet & Kutki)
Baidyanath Health Alert (PDF) | Press Release
Arshoghni Bati Baidyanath Health Alert (PDF) | Press Release
Brahmi Bati Baidyanath Health Alert (PDF) | Product Recall | FDA Alert | Press Release
Brihadwata Chintamani (Bhi.Ra) Kumar Ayurvedic Drugs  
Chandraprabha Bati
(Enriched with Loha & Shilajeet)
Baidyanath Health Alert (PDF) | Press Release
Chandraprabha Vati (B.R.) Divya Pharmacy  
Chitrakadi Bati Baidyanath Health Alert (PDF) | Product Recall | FDA Alert | Press Release
Dhanwanthari Gulika Ashtavaidyan Thaikkattu Mooss Vaidyaratnam Oushad  
Gaisantak Bati Baidyanath Health Alert (PDF) | Product Recall | FDA Alert | Press Release
Garbha Chintamani Ras
(Vrihat) (Swarna Yukt)
Baidyanath CDC MMWR
Garbha Dharak Yog Vyas Pharmaceuticals CDC MMWR | Publication
Garbhapal Ras Shri Vishwamitra Ayurved Pharmaceuticals CDC MMWR | Publication
Garbhapal Ras Unknown Manufacturer CDC MMWR | Publication
Jambrulin Unjha Ayurvedic Pharmacy Warning Sign (PDF) | Press Release | CDC MMWR
Kaishore Guggulu Baidyanath Health Alert (PDF) | Press Release
Kankayan Bati (Gulma) Baidyanath Health Alert (PDF) | Press Release | CDC MMWR | Publication
Lakshmivilash Ras (Nardiya) Baidyanath Warning Sign (PDF) | Press Release | CDC MMWR | Publication
Laxmi Vilas Ras (Nardiya) Dabur Health Alert (PDF) | Publication
Laxmana Louh Vyas Pharmaceuticals CDC MMWR | Publication
Maha Sudarshan Arya Aushadhi Pharmaceutical Work Warning Sign (PDF) | Press Release | CDC MMWR | Publication
Mahashakti Rasayan Vyas Pharmaceuticals CDC MMWR | Publication
Mahayogaraj Guggulu
(enriched with silver)
Baidyanath Health Alert (PDF) | Warning Sign (PDF) | CDC MMWR | Publication
Manasamitra Vatakam N/A  
Marichyadi Bati Baidyanath Health Alert (PDF) | Product Recall | FDA Alert | Press Release
Ovarin Ban Labs Ltd CDC MMWR | Publication
Pigmento Charak Pharma Pvt. Ltd. CDC MMWR | Publication
Praval Pishti Unknown Manufacturer Health Alert (PDF) | Publication
Pregnita Ajmera Pharmaceuticals Health Alert (PDF) | CDC MMWR | Publication
Rajahpravartini Bati Baidyanath Health Alert (PDF) | Product Recall | FDA Alert | Press Release
Rajahprawartini Bati
(Enriched with Hera Bola & Alua)
Baidyanath Health Alert (PDF) | Press Release
Rajbati (Gandhak Bati) 
(Enriched with Gandhak & Sonth)
Baidyanath Health Alert (PDF) | Press Release
Rasraj Ras Baidyanath  
Sanjeevni Vati Divya Pharmacy  
Saptamrit Lauh Baidyanath Health Alert (PDF) | Product Recall | FDA Alert | Press Release
Saptamrit Lauh 
(Enriched with Mulethi & Lauh)
Baidyanath Health Alert (PDF) | Press Release
Sariwadi Bati  Baidyanath Health Alert (PDF) | Product Recall | FDA Alert | Press Release
Shankh Bati Baidyanath Health Alert (PDF) | Product Recall | FDA Alert | Press Release
Shilajeet Rasyan Divya Pharmacy  
Sorin  Research Drugs & Pharmaceuticals CDC MMWR | Publication
Swarna Malini Vasant  Amrita Drugs Health Alert (PDF) | Publication
Vasant Kusumaker Ras with Gold & Pearl  Dabur Health Alert (PDF) | CDC MMWR | Publication
Vatvidhwansan Ras  Baidyanath CDC MMWR
Vitisini N/A  
Supplements or Remedies Made in China
Product Name Manufacturer Name Resources
Emperor’s Tea Pill (concentrated) Lanzhou Traditional Herbs Press Release | HAN (PDF)
Hepatico Extract (concentrated)
Lot No. 040804, expiration date August 2009;
Lot No. 100105, expiration date January 2010;
Lot No. 110604, expiration date June 2009
Lanzhou Traditional Herbs Press Release | Warning Sign (PDF)
Supplements or Remedies Made in Hong Kong
Product Name Manufacturer Name Resources
Bo Ying Compound Eu Yan Sang (Hong Kong) Limited FDA Alert
Supplements or Remedies from Mexico & Dominican Republic
Product Name Manufacturer Name Resources
Litargirio N/A Press Release | CDC MMWR | Warning Sign (PDF)
Tierra Santa or Panito del Señor   DOHMH FAQ
Supplements or Remedies Made in United States
Product Name Manufacturer Name Resources
Vita Breath American Herbal Laboratories FDA Alert | Health Alert (PDF)
West African Remedy
Product Name Manufacturer Name Resources
Nzu/Calabash Chalk N/A DOHMH FAQ (PDF) | FDA Alert | Health Alert (PDF) | Press Release

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