Remedy High in Lead Warning

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a statement warning the public about a specific powdered remedy which can contain up to 79% lead. The name of the powder is Litargirio. It is used as a deodorant, a foot fungicide, a burn treatment, a wound treatment and for a variety of other health-related and personal purposes. Children especially should not be exposed to Litargirio because the high lead content can cause them permanent brain damage.

Comment: Litargirio is not a new product. Why has it taken the FDA so long to get onto it? It seems that the FDA is slow to get on to ethnic products, ones coming from Asia, Latin America and elsewhere. The FDA needs to realize (as it undoubtedly already has) that it is a small world today.

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Barbara K. Hecht, Ph.D.
Frederick Hecht, M.D.
Medical Editors,

FDA Warns Consumers About Use of "Litargirio"-Traditional Remedy That Contains Dangerous Levels of Lead

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning the public not to use "LITARGIRIO" for any health-related or personal purposes. Litargirio is a yellow- or peach-colored powder manufactured by Roldan, Ferreira, and possibly other laboratories in the Dominican Republic. It has no proven health benefits and, because of its high lead content, poses health risks when used in contact with the skin or ingested. These risks are particularly serious for children.

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