Protandim was recalled because of the possible presence of small metal fragments in the product, according to the FDA. LifeVantage Corporation, the manufacturer of Protandim, initiated a voluntary recall in December 2012 after discovering metal fragments in a supply of turmeric extract used in the product.
LifeVantage, which is based in Salt Lake City, Utah, identified lot numbers of the possibly contaminated product and isolated the affected bottles, according to the FDA. LifeVantage notified consumers in possession of these bottles and asked them to stop taking the pills. The FDA advised consumers to report any health problems associated with using the potentially contaminated product to the FDA's MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program.
There were no reports of health problems related to the recall of Protandim as of 2012, and LifeVantage extended an offer to replace all bottles of Protandim affected by the recall, according to the FDA. LifeVantage distributed bottles of Protandim that potentially contained metal fragments in the United States and Japan between July and November 2012. LifeVantage purchased the turneric extract from a third-party supplier.
Protandim is a dietary supplement that consists primarily of green tea extract and turmeric, as reported by WebMD. Studies have shown that Protandum may have anti-aging benefits due to reducing cellular oxidative stress by 40 percent.