– Frances in New South Wales, Australia
Another Bonsoy victim has graciously agreed to share her story for the benefit of eFoodAlert readers. The following is a letter, dated 29 December 2009, that was sent to Bonsoy and to Spiral Foods, the soy milk brand's Australian importer and distributor.
"RE: BONSOY RECALL
To whom it may concern,
I am writing to you regarding the recent recall of your product, and to tell of my health issues over the past year.
As a committed soy drinker, I have spent much time searching for a soy milk product such as Bonsoy. My requirements were that it had to taste good, be organic with a small amount of ingredients, texture well for coffee, and not be owned by a multinational company.
I thought I was in heaven when over 2 years ago I found Bonsoy.
Even though it was very expensive I convinced myself the benefits of Bonsoy outweighed the extra expense of the product. I had allowed myself to splurge on something that I believed was good for me.
Prior to 24 December 2009, I enjoyed Bonsoy on a very regular basis. Daily I would consume between 300ml-500ml. Weekly I would go through about 3 litres. I also highly recommended this product to many friends and family.
In February 2009, after feeling very ill, tired and lethargic for many months I found time to address my health issues. I went to my local GP who instructed me to get blood tests immediately.
A few days later as I received the results, my heart sank.
At the age of 27, I was diagnosed with a number of health problems. One of these problems was severe Hypothyroidism (under-active thyroid). I was immediately given 2 months sick leave from work. These two months were spent visiting specialists, taking medication, and having blood tests on a regular basis. The medication I am required to take is Thyroxine, one tablet every day for the rest of my life.
Since hearing news of the recall on the morning of 24 December 2009, I spent most of the morning questioning if Bonsoy really was bad for me. It wasn’t until I had read the many articles stating ‘Thyroid problems’ as the type of illness that I was convinced that Bonsoy may have caused mine.
Until recently I couldn’t understand how a young healthy woman could suddenly become so ill in such a short amount of time. I can only imagine how many other Bonsoy consumers are out there, who have endured a similar health scare, that have not yet been reported.
Yours Sincerely,Frances (family name withheld)"
I would encourage anyone who has been a Bonsoy consumer and who is experiencing fatigue, unexplained changes in weight, or any other symptoms of thyroid trouble to consult with his or her doctor.
If you have a Bonsoy story that you would like to share, please either post a comment below, or contact me directly by email.