US regulator finds ‘inconsistent amounts’ of belladonna in teething tablets that pose an ‘unnecessary risk’

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has confirmed that there are elevated levels of belladonna – one of the world’s most toxic plants – in popular homeopathic teething products. The agency’s laboratory analysis found ‘inconsistent amounts of belladonna’ in these products, sometimes far exceeding the amount claimed on the label.

The FDA is warning consumers that these products ‘pose an unnecessary risk’ to infants and children, and the agency is urging consumers not to use them.

Following its findings, the agency contacted Standard Homeopathic Company in Los Angeles, the manufacturer of Hyland’s homeopathic teething products, regarding a recall of its homeopathic teething tablet products. As of 31 January, the FDA said the company had not agreed to a recall. Therefore, the agency recommended that consumers stop using these products immediately and dispose of them.

In November 2016, Raritan Pharmaceuticals in New Jersey voluntarily recalled three belladonna-containing homeopathic products.