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Oil product contains toxic ingredients

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FDA warns consumers not to use Arrow Brand Medicated Oil & Embrocation, which is not an FDA-approved drug but claims to treat gas, coughs and colds, headache, colic, aches, pain and influenza. The product contains methyl salicylate and camphor, which are toxic when ingested and may be poisonous when applied to a large area of the skin, or when combined with heat to increase absorption of the active ingredients. In a May 27 release, FDA said the product is sold primarily online and in specialty stores that serve Asian and Latino communities, and is marketed under brands printed in Spanish and Mandarin. The agency also issued an import alert for the product

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