FDA finds toxic substance in homeopathic teething products

The Food and Drug Administration conducted a laboratory analysis of homeopathic teething tablets and discovered certain products contained inconsistent amounts of the toxic substance belladonna, sometimes far surpassing the amount claimed on the label.

Here are four things to know.

1. The FDA launched an investigation of Hyland Homeopathic's teething products after it received reports of 400 adverse events and 10 child deaths relating to the products.

2. Belladonna is a perennial herbaceous plant that can be toxic to humans if enough is consumed.

3. After finding inconsistent amounts of belladona in Hyland's products, the FDA reached out to Standard Homeopathic Company — which manufactures Hyland's teething profits — asking them to recall the homeopathic teething tablet products. The company has not agreed to conduct a recall of the products at this time, according to a statement from the FDA.

4. The FDA is warning consumers not to use any homeopathic teething tablets containing belladonna as they pose an unnecessary risk to infants and children.

 

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