U.K. Warns of Dangerous Health Supplement

LONDON, Sept. 24 (UPI) — British officials have issued a warning about a health supplement marketed and sold online they say is similar to industrial-strength bleach.

“Miracle Mineral Supplement” is 28 percent sodium chlorite, which becomes bleach when mixed with citric acid, the BBC reported Friday.

Even taken as instructed, medical authorities say, it can cause severe vomiting and diarrhea — and mixing it incorrectly could lead to respiratory failure.

Britain’s Food Standards Agency says it is seeking to track down any U.K.-based sellers.

The supplement — which claims to have beneficial effects against a wide range of illnesses, ranging from HIV and hepatitis to H1N1 flu — has been the subject of warnings from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

U.K. consumers are being urged to dispose of the supplement as soon as possible, and help the Food Standards Agency and local authorities find suppliers in Britain, the BBC reported.

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