FDA warns companies illegally selling products containing cesium chloride

FDA has issued five warning letters to companies marketing dietary supplements that contain cesium chloride.

FDA has issued five warning letters to companies marketing dietary supplements that contain cesium chloride. The agency warned consumers and health care professionals about the dietary ingredient in a public health alert earlier this year, following an alert to health care professionals 2 years ago regarding the significant safety risks associated with cesium chloride in compounded drugs. Although cesium chloride is sometimes marketed as an alternative treatment for cancer, FDA noted that it has not approved any cesium-chloride-containing products for the treatment of cancer or any other disease. The agency explained, "Cesium chloride is a new dietary ingredient that has not previously been present in the food supply in a non-chemically altered form. Therefore, firms must provide certain safety-related information about the ingredient to the FDA before including it in a dietary supplement." The warning letters were issued to American Nutriceuticals; Complete H2O Minerals; Daily Manufacturing; Elemental Research and The Mineral Store; and Essence-of-Life. The companies have 15 business days to provide FDA with explanations about how they will correct the violations.