Nature’s Way issues recall after lead is found in capsules

Saturday June 29, 2002

SPRINGVILLE, Utah — Nature’s Way Products is recalling four lots of an herbal allergy-relief dietary supplement, saying Friday that excessive amounts of lead were found in the product. 

The product, Nettle, is sold in 100-capsule white bottles that come with green lids. The tainted pills were distributed nationwide, mostly to health food retail outlets, from October to May. 

Affected lot numbers, which can be identified by numbers printed on the bottom of each bottle, are 131237, 131238, 140738 and 215229. 

People who ingest high levels of lead, especially children, can suffer serious damage to the central nervous system. 

Nature’s Way said in a statement the product was found to have “excessive amounts of lead,” but company spokesman Gordon Walker couldn’t elaborate. 

“It varies by lot,” he said. 

Walker said the company wasn’t aware of any consumer health problems related to the discovery. 

The problem was traced to a single batch of raw material used in manufacturing the four affected lots. Walker said the company was investigating with a supplier to determine how the lead reached the product. 

Nature’s Way learned of the problem through the California Attorney General’s Office, which discovered it through a random testing program “within the last few weeks,” Walker said.