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Aristolochic acids

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

FDA issues import alert #54-10 July 6 authorizing the detention of products containing aristolochic acid. The alert also notes products labeled as containing Stephania, Clematis, Cocculus, Akebia, Asarum, Bragantia, Diploclisia, Menispernum or Sinomenium may be detained due to possible mistaken substitution of these plants with Aristolochia. FDA noted its intention to issue an import alert in a May 16 letter to industry (1"The Tan Sheet" May 29, p. 10). The substance, found in Chinese herbal remedies, has been linked to reports of kidney failure

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