Norfolk study leads to FSA warning
Research work undertaken in Norfolk has prompted a national Food Standards Agency warning about some clay-based detox drinks.
Consumers are being advised by the FSA not to purchase or consume some clay-based detox drinks and supplements following the research carried out by Norfolk County Council Trading Standards.
The FSA has contacted the relevant stockists of the products to ensure that they stop selling them.
However, people who have already bought the products are advised by the FSA not to consume them.
The products include Bentonite Clay sold by buywholefoodsonline.co.uk, Bentonite Clay sold by nealsyardremedies.com,
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Norfolk Trading Standards officers, using FSA funding, purchased a number of clay-based detox drink and supplements in order to test their content. The results of the tests showed that on average the levels of lead in the clays were over 10 times the legal limit and in the worst case 16 times over and average levels of arsenic were 16 times above the legal limit, and in the worst case nearly 60 times over.
The FSA warns that exposure to arsenic can be associated with an increased risk of lung, skin and bladder cancer. Exposure to lead presents a risk for infants and children in particular, as it can be detrimental to brain development and affect intellectual performance. For the same reason, pregnant women are also advised to avoid eating or drinking clay due to the potential risk to their unborn child.
The FSA advises that if someone has consumed these products and has any concerns they should speak to their doctor.
Andrew Gilden, Norfolk County Council Trading Standards officer, said: 'Members of the public should be able to feel safe in the knowledge that the product that they are buying is as described and that it meets the respective safety standards.
'The testing that we carried out on these products clearly shows that they contain high levels of lead and arsenic and as a result of our work the Food Standards Agency have contacted the retailer, who we purchased the products from, in order to get them removed from sale.'