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Alert issued over health supplement

A food watchdog has warned people not to use a chemical marketed as a health supplement after tests showed it was similar to industrial-strength bleach.

The Miracle Mineral Solution could cause severe nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea, potentially leading to dehydration and reduced blood pressure, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) said.

If diluted less than instructed, it could damage the gut and red blood cells, potentially resulting in respiratory failure.

The product, available over the internet, should not be sold, the FSA said.

Tests showed it has a 28% sodium chlorite solution - the equivalent of industrial-strength bleach, the FSA said.

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