What risks do herbal products pose to the Australian community?

Tanyth de Gooyer, Rohani Savage and Nicola Stephens
Med J Aust 2017; 207 (3): . || doi: 10.5694/mja17.00195
Published online: 7 August 2017

The recent review by Byard and colleagues1 highlighted the need for tighter regulation and monitoring of traditional herbal products sold in Australia to minimise the risk of exposure to preparations containing toxic substances, including heavy metals. Use of imported Ayurvedic medicines containing high levels of lead is a concerning exposure source among Victorians and elsewhere in Australia.2

  • Health Protection Branch, Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, Melbourne, VIC


We thank Jason Issa for his contribution in case follow-up and exposure investigation.

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