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March 23, 2016: FDA Warns of Best Bentonite Clay Lead Poisoning Risk

Best Bentonite Clay Lead Poisoning Risk

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned the public not to use “Best Bentonite Clay,” a product of Best Bentonite, which is mixed with water to ingest or applied to skin. FDA has determined that the product contains elevated lead levels and may pose a lead poisoning risk. FDA laboratories have found elevated levels of lead in “Best Bentonite Clay”.

“Best Bentonite Clay” is sold as a fine powder sold exclusively online. According to the Best Bentonite website, customers mix the product with water and ingest it or apply it to their skin. The clay producers, Best Bentonite located in Guthrie, Oklahoma, insist that their product contains safe levels of lead.

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Lead Info

According to the FDA, exposure to lead can cause serious damage to the central nervous system, kidneys, and immune system. In children, chronic exposure to lead, even at low levels, is associated with cognitive impairment, reduced IQ, behavioral difficulties, and other problems.

Although children are primarily at risk, lead poisoning is also dangerous for adults, warns the Mayo Clinic (a nonprofit medical practice and medical research group). Signs and symptoms in adults may include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Abdominal pain
  • Constipation
  • Joint pains
  • Muscle pain
  • Declines in mental functioning
  • Pain, numbness or tingling of the extremities
  • Headache
  • Memory loss
  • Mood disorders
  • Reduced sperm count, abnormal sperm
  • Miscarriage or premature birth in pregnant women

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