FDA Announces Recall for Diet Supplements With Unsafe Ingredients
With the new year beginning, one thing millions of people worldwide are trying to do is lose weight. Losing weight is always one of the most popular new year’s resolutions people make, but it’s also a tough resolution to keep. If you were thinking of trying a diet supplement to help jumpstart your weight loss, you might want to take a careful look at the ingredients of any supplements you’re considering.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just recently announced recalls of over a dozen different weight loss supplements for containing ingredients that are unsafe and were pulled from the market in the United States years ago.
These are the the names of the supplements that have been recalled: Asset Bold (500 mg capsules), Asset Extreme Plus (500 mg capsules), Evolve (250 mg capsules), Infinity (500 mg capsules), Jenesis (all lots), La Trim Plus (all lots), Oasis (all lots), Prime (500 mg capsules), SlimeX (15 capsules), Slim Trim U (250 mg capsules), Ultimate Formula (250 mg capsules), Xcel capsules (all lots), Xcel Advanced (350 mg capsules), and Zi Xiu Tang (250 mg capsules).
If you’ve recently purchased any of these diet supplements, stop taking it immediately and dispose of any unused product. If you are a business owner who sells dietary supplements, check your inventory to see if you carry any of the recalled products. If you do have them in inventory, remove them from your shelves and stop selling them immediately.
The FDA has found the recalled supplements contain undisclosed amounts of sibutramine and phenolphthalein, both of which have been declared as being unsafe to take. Sibutramine is an appetite suppressant that was previously sold as a prescription weight loss drug under the name Meridian, but it was pulled off the market in 2010 after researchers found that it can increase the risk of stroke and heart attack. People who have arrhythmias, congestive heart failure, and coronary artery disease are even more likely to have a stroke or heart attack while taking sibutramine.
Phenolphthalein is an ingredient that was once used in over-the-counter laxatives, but the FDA declared it was neither safe nor effective back in 1999. It was removed from the market after it was discovered that phenolphthalein can act as a carcinogen, which is an agent that causes cancer, and that it is genotoxic, meaning it can cause DNA mutations.
This is not the first time in recent memory that the government has cracked down on unsafe products marketed to help with weight loss. In October 2015, Cheryl Floyd was sentenced to 30 months in prison for selling misbranded drugs containing unsafe ingredients. .
Floyd was the founder of Floyd Nutrition, a supplement company that she ran from her own home in Pennsylvania. Floyd Nutrition sold many diet supplements that were marked as being “all natural,” but many of their diet products contained phenolphthalein and sibutramine. She imported her products from China and sold them over the Internet to customers in the United States. The FDA detained shipments in 2014 and federal investigators obtained a warrant and seized most of the company’s products.
George M. Karavetos, director of the FDA Office Of Criminal Investigations, said of the case, “Manufacturing and selling products marketed as ‘all natural’ dietary supplements put U.S. consumers at risk of serious injury or death when they actually contain dangerous pharmaceutical ingredients.”
If you’re considering shopping for diet supplements online, the case of Cheryl Floyd and Floyd Nutrition is a good reminder to be very careful about where you choose to buy your supplements from.