22 August 2014

EcoWaste Coalition: Some Slimming Products Can Kill


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



22 August 2014, Quezon City.  A watchdog group for consumer health and the environment urged the public not to waste hard-earned money for illegal weight-loss products that may contain hidden ingredients that can trigger off heart attack or stroke.

The appeal from the EcoWaste Coalition came after the group gathered
visual evidence confirming the unrestrained sale of unregistered slimming products in food supplements stores in Metro Manila despite repeated warnings from the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA).

“We’ve been seeing an explosion in unregistered diet aids in the market that are
cashing in on the desire of many to be physically attractive, fit and lean,” observed Thony Dizon, Coordinator of the EcoWaste
Coalition’s Project Protect.

“Consumers should be on the alert for slimming products
that may contain secret chemicals and drugs, which can lead to serious and possibly lethal complications,” he emphasized.


To avoid being duped and harmed, consumers should cautiously read product information, watch out for red flags such as blown up claims and, before making a purchase, check the FDA website to validate if the product is properly registered, the EcoWaste Coalition said.


Just on August 12, the FDA banned two more unregistered slimming
powdered juice containing undisclosed active pharmaceutical ingredients such as amphetamine and/or sibutramine.

Sibutramine,
for instance, is known to considerably raise blood pressure and/or pulse rate in some individuals and may pose a significant risk for those with heart
conditions.

Banned in many countries since 2010, h
ealth authorities have warned that sibutramine-containing
weight-loss products may adversely interact with other health
medications and put a consumer’s life at risk.

In support of the FDA’s public health advice, the group’s AlerToxic
Patrol on August 17, 18 and 19 scoured shopping mall stalls in Caloocan, Las Piñas Makati, Mandaluyong, Manila, Muntinlupa, Pasay and Quezon Cities that sell dietary supplements, herbal concoctions and
Chinese medicines.

The group noted the names of the weight-loss products on store
shelves, discreetly took photos  and verified through the FDA website
if such products are duly registered.

Based on the documentation done by the group,
36 slimming products, often packaged as slimming coffee, chocolate drink, juice or tea, were
found to be either banned or unregistered.  The list includes:

1. Aloe Vera Whitening Slimming Coffee
2. Best Beauty Pearl Slimming Coffee
3. Body Beauty 5 Days Slimming Coffee
4. Body Language Slimming Coffee
5. Brazilian 7 Days Slimming Coffee
6. Brazilian Slimming Coffee
7. Brazilian Coffee 10 in 1 with Slimming Effects
8. Burn Body Fat Orange Juice
9. Burner Cofe
10. Chocolate Brazil Slimming
11. Coconut Weight Loss Whitening Freckle Removing Vitamin C Supplementation
12. Coffeetrim Brazilian Slimming Coffee
13. Curvy Pearl Beauty Slimming Orange Juice
14. Fashion Slimming Coffee
15. Fat Burners Slimming Coffee
16. Fitness Coffee Fat Elimination and Slimming
17. Ginseng Slimming Coffee
18. Leisure 7 Days Slimming Coffee
19. Leisure 18 Slimming Coffee
20. Leisure Slimming Chocolate Drinks
21. Leisure Slimming Mango Juice
22. Leptin Fat Burners Slimming Coffee
23. Leptin Green Coffee 800
24. Magicslim Herb Tea
25. Max Fat Burner Orange Juice
26. Max Slimming Coffee
27. Milk Tea Slimming
28. Optimax Cofslim Sugarfree
29. Optimax Superslim Sugarfree
30. S100 Weight Loss Coffee
31. Slimmate Herbal Tea
32. Slimming Milk Tea
33. Slimming Plum
34. V12 Fruit Slimming
35. Vita Slim Appetite Suppressant Guava Flavor
36. Weight Loss Coffee

The group pointed out that Brazilian Slimming Coffee, Burn Body Fat Orange Juice, Leisure 18 Slimming Coffee and Vita Slim Appetite Suppressant Guava Flavor were among those already banned by the FDA.

The group added that Australia banned Leptin Green Coffee 800 in 2011, while US banned Leisure 18 Slimming Coffee in 2011 and Body Beauty 5 Days Slimming Coffee in 2013.  Singapore banned Curvy Pearl Beauty Slimming Orange Juice and V12 Fruit Slimming in 2013.

The group further noted that Hong Kong in 2013 advised consumers not to use 11 slimming products, most of which are sold locally, due to their undeclared sibutramine and/or phenolphthalein content.

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1 comment:

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