Herndon, Virginia- based Shop Me Ca is recalling its 10-gram tubes of “Diep Bao Cream” citing the potential to be contaminated with lead, the U.S. Food Drug Administration said.
Diep Bao Cream was sold nationwide through Shop Me Ca’s Facebook page and certain Vietnamese Moms’ Facebook groups, which are not associated with Shop Me Ca.
The recalled product is packaged in an outer cardboard white box with a 10-gram white plastic tube inside. All labeling is in Vietnamese. The bottom side panel of the cardboard box is marked with NSX 05/01/2021 HSD 05/07/2023.
The recall was initiated after testing by Oregon Health Authority or OHA found high levels of lead in two samples of the product. As a result of using Diep Bao Cream, two infants were found to have elevated blood lead levels.
One case was identified after an initial post on a Vietnamese moms’ Facebook group page in December 2022 to alert customers about the product. The Oregon Health Authority reported the second case in January 2023. Shop Me Ca initially posted on their Facebook page in December 2022, that the products tested positive for lead.
People with high blood levels of lead may show no symptoms, but the condition may cause damage to the nervous system and internal organs. Children are particularly vulnerable to lead poisoning.
Acute lead poisoning may cause a wide range of symptoms, including abdominal pain, muscle weakness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, and bloody or decreased urinary output.
The company has suspended the sale of the product, as it continue to investigate the source of the problem along with FDA and OHA.
Customers who have purchased 10-gram tubes of “Diep Bao Cream” should immediately discontinue use of the product and dispose of it immediately.
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