Vita Breath is promoted as an herbal dietary supplement. According to the company’s Web site, www.newvita.com, the product is promoted for improvement of health in people with asthma, and to support a healthy "lung energy" and respiratory system.
According to the FDA news release, the product is marketed at health fairs in the U.S. and on the Internet.
Following a report of lead poisoning in a patient using Vita Breath, the FDA analyzed samples and found it to contain lead at levels 10,000 times higher than the FDA’s maximum recommended level for lead in candy.
The amount of lead in the sample exceeds Health Canada limits as well.
Ingestion of excessive amounts of heavy metals poses serious health risks because they may accumulate in vital organs of the body. Children are most susceptible to the toxic effects of heavy metals.