Poisons Standard Scheduling Of Herbs That Contain Arbutin

Recently, the TGA have made changes to the allowable level of arbutin contained in herbal formulations.  

Arbutin is an active compound found in numerous plants and is a glycoside of the compound hydroquinone. There is a concern that arbutin could theoretically convert to free hydroquinone in the digestive tract. However, it is unconfirmed how much of this conversion may occur.  




Nutrition Care’s Adam contains Turnera diffusa and Benestat contains Achillea millefolium in their formulations. Both of these herbs have been listed by the TGA as potentially containing the compound arbutin. Adam and Benestat have been on the Australian market for over 10 years and we have never had any safety concerns over this time.

These two products are currently being tested by our raw material supplier to ascertain the arbutin levels. We are awaiting formal results which we expect to have soon. Until this time, Nutrition Care will be withholding any further sales of Adam and Benestat until we receive the required information.  

For any concerns, please contact our customer service hotline at  1800 034 445. 

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