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Bentonite Clay Medicinal Clay Warning

Bentonite Me Baby

A medical ‘clay’ product has been recalled from the U.S. market due to safety concerns. There is a risk of lead poisoning should the product be applied or ingested.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning notice about a product called Bentonite Clay by Alikay Naturals. The finding is based on FDA laboratory testing. The FDA analysts found levels of lead above the recommended safety limit. The FDA undertook the testing following a request from the Minnesota Department of Health, in relation to some unusual medical cases. However, FDA has not confirmed any cases associated with the product.

The risk to consumers who apply the product is damage to the central nervous system. In addition, lead absorbed by the body can affect the kidneys and the immune system. The risks are higher in children. Here chronic exposure to lead, at low levels, has been linked to impaired cognitive function. Studies have shown lead poisoning in children leads to reduced IQ and behavioral problems.

The product of concern “Bentonite Me Baby” is sold both online and through major retail outlets. Stores where the product can be found includes big players like Target stores, Amazon.com, and Sally Beauty Supply.

The product is marked as a “medicinal clay.” The product’s labeling states it can be ingested and applied topically to hair and skin for a variety of conditions. Medicinal clay developed from “folk medicine.” It has some anti-bacterial properties, and it is the basis of mud baths.

The regulatory agency advises any person who has used this product or provided it to a child must consult a health care professional without delay.

About the author

Tim Sandle

Dr. Tim Sandle is a chartered biologist and holds a first class honours degree in Applied Biology; a Masters degree in education; and has a doctorate from Keele University.