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This supplement can cause serious side effects

This Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety informed of a recall for a food supplements, the consumption of which can cause gastrointestinal disturbances, headaches, fatigue and dizziness. Likewise, damage to skeletal muscles and the liver by consumption cannot be excluded.

The dietary supplementRed rice extract‘ in the manufacturer’s pot of 120 capsules Aakamp GmbH in Breddorf. All products are affected by the recall Batch identification 220100100 and the Expiry date 03/2023 and 01/2024.

Where were the extracts sold?

According to the Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety, the capsules were sold throughout Germany exclusively via the online trade of Amazon excluded.

reason for recall

In the dietary supplement mentioned above, increased amounts of the active ingredient were found Monacoline K experienced. In over-the-counter extracts, the maximum active ingredient content should not exceed three milligrams be. In the rice extract were 4.5 milligrams of monacolin K contain.

Monacolin K Side Effects

As the Consumer Center reported in a separate article, monacolin K serious side effects trigger. A prescription is needed to take it from as low as five milligrams. Known side effects include:

Same active ingredient as in statins

Red rice extracts are considered natural hypocholesterolemic Applied. Red rice contains mold cultures that form the active ingredient monacolin K. Monakolin K is the active substance lovastatinwhich is used in certain cholesterol-lowering medicines belonging to the group of statins belong.

Salary limited by the new European regulations

Although statins reduce cholesterol levels, they are also criticized for many side effects. In principle, Monakolin K can cause the same side effects as drugs containing lovastatin. Thus, in June 2022, the proportion of monacolin K in food supplements was reduced to a Upper limit of three milligrams limit.

No exchange information

Unfortunately, the manufacturer has not yet provided any information on how the recall will be handled. Buyers of recalled products should ask the manufacturer or Amazon how exactly dietary supplements can be redeemed. (vb)

Author and source information

This text corresponds to the requirements of the specialized medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been verified by health professionals.


Graduate editor (FH) Volker Blasek


  • Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety: recall of red rice extract (published: 06.10.2022),
  • Consumer Advice Center: Red Rice – Naturally Lower Cholesterol Levels? (published: 06/13/2022),

Important note:
This article contains general advice only and should not be used for self-diagnosis or treatment. It cannot substitute a visit to the doctor.

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