FDA Warns of Lead Poisoning Risk with Best Bentonite ClayMar 28, 2016
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to use Best Bentonite Clay, a product of Best Bentonite, which is located in Guthrie, Oklahoma. The FDA has determined that the product contains elevated lead levels and may pose a lead poisoning risk. Best Bentonite Clay is sold as a fine powder on Amazon.com and on the Best Bentonite web site. According to the company's web site, customers mix the product with water and ingest it or apply it to the skin for cleansing and detoxifying.
FDA laboratory analysis has found elevated levels of lead in Best Bentonite Clay. Lead exposure can cause serious damage to the central nervous system, kidneys, and immune system. Lead exposure is particularly dangerous to children, whose brains and nervous systems are still developing. Even low levels of lead in children are associated with cognitive impairment, reduced IQ, behavioral difficulties, and other health problems.
The FDA advises consumers not to purchase or use Best Bentonite Clay and, further, the agency says, anyone who has used this product or given it to a child should consult a health care professional immediately. The FDA has previously warned consumers about the risk of lead poisoning associated with the use of any bentonite clay product (see http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm483838.htm). The FDA has not confirmed any cases of lead poisoning associated with Best Bentonite Clay.