FDA is warning consumers to avoid buying or consuming "Total Body Formula" in the flavors of Tropical Orange and Peach Nectar, or "Total Body Mega Formula" in the Orange/Tangerine flavor. Total Body Essential Nutrition of Atlanta, GA, the distributor of these supplements, is recalling the products due to reports of severe adverse reactions.
The symptoms, which begin 7-10 days following ingestion of the dietary supplement, include significant hair loss, muscle cramps, diarrhea, joint pain and fatigue, and are consistent with an excess of selenium in the diet. FDA labs are analyzing samples of the products to determine the cause of the adverse reactions.
FDA was alerted to the problem by the Florida Department of Health, which has received 23 reports of illness so far. FDA is also investigating reports of adverse reactions received from consumers in Tennessee who used these products.
The recalled products were distributed in 15 states – Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. FDA is advising consumers to discard the recalled product.
If you have used this product and are experience any of the described symptoms, consult your health care professional and mention this recall. You or your doctor can also report an adverse reaction directly to FDA's MedWatch program at 800-FDA-1088.