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Herbal medicines may be contaminated with EHEC bacteria

As the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) in Berlin announced, individual batches of drugs and medical devices with fenugreek seeds were recalled from the drug trade. There is an urgent suspicion that individual manufacturer data and batches are contaminated with the dangerous EHEC bacterium.

The drug authorities have been recalling various drugs from the German market since yesterday. According to the authorities, there is a suspicion that individual drug batches are contaminated with EHEC bacteria. The Federal Agency for Drugs and Medical Devices already asked the state authorities on Friday to remove active ingredients and drugs from the pharmacy market that contained fenugreek seeds. Specifically, the recall relates to products that contain fenugreek seeds that were imported from Egypt to Germany between 2009 and 2011. Fenugreek seeds are mainly contained in mostly naturopathic herbal medicines that are used to relax the gastrointestinal tract.

Fenugreek: an ancient remedy in naturopathy
Fenugreek has been used as a natural medicine for centuries and helps with loss of appetite, boils, abdominal pain, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. It is precisely these agents that are now contaminated by EHEC germs. Patients usually take the medication several times a day with liquid. If you are still using such a herbal medicine, you should refrain from consuming it and ask your family doctor or alternative practitioner for an alternative.

Homeopathic remedies and teas are not affected by the recall
On Tuesday, the European Union's committee decided to stop importing sprout, soybean and oil seeds from Egypt into the EU by the end of October. Those who still store fenugreek products at home "should dispose of them with caution," emphasized press spokesman Maik Pommer at a press conference. The federal authority expressly did not include some homeopathic remedies in the recall campaign. According to Pommer, the homeopathic remedies are harmless because, due to the highly concentrated alcohol solution, no bacteria can survive. In principle, medicinal teas with fenugreek are harmless if the tea is made with boiling water. In principle, wraps for external use are also harmless. But if you want to be on the safe side, you should also do without the last-mentioned medical devices, said the press spokesman.

The recall campaign is currently only valid for Germany. According to the Agency for Health and Food Security (AGES), the country of Austria is not affected because no fenugreek seeds are sold there. However, the seeds are sold in natural stores and pharmacies. It should therefore only be used if the seeds have been boiled intensively. This ensures that the EHEC bacteria are killed. (sb)

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