THE Ministry of Health has advised the public of the recall of 12 weight loss products which have been identified to contain sibutramine, a substance which can cause high blood pressure and rapid heartbeat among its many ill side effects.
In a statement, the ministry listed out the products as: CURVY Slimming Orange Juice; CURVY Natural Delicious Pearl Beauty Slimming Orange Juice; CURVY Slimming Orange Juice New Upgrade Pearl Beauty & Slimming Formula; Leisure 18 Slimming Chocolate Drinks Appetite Suppressant; Leisure 18 Slimming Coffee Upgraded Version Stronger Slimming Formula; Leisure Burn Body Fat Orange Juice Super Slim Trim Detox Anti Edema.
Also in the list are: Leisure Fat Burners Slimming Coffee; Slimming Milk Tea Pearl Whitening; Cell Life Slimming Coffee; Authentic Brazilian Slimming Coffee - 7 Days Slimming Coffee; Authentic Leisure 18 Slimming Orange Juice with Vitamin C; and, Body Beauty and Fragrant Perfect Scent 5 Days Slimming Coffee.
According to the MoH, the long-term intake of sibutramine, used for weight loss, can cause high blood pressure, rapid heartbeats, sleeping problems,. The use of the sibutramine in food is prohibited under Chapter 182 of the Public Health (Food) Act.
The MoH is advising the public not to purchase or use the products and urges any person in possession of these to stop consuming them and return them to the supplier or seller or hand them over to the Quality Control and Food Safety Division, Health Services Department or Health Offices in their respective districts for disposal.
Importers, suppliers and businesses are to recall the product from the market and hand them over to the Quality Control and Food Safety Division, Health Services Department or Health Offices in their respective districts for disposal.
The ministry has also reminded the public that anyone found selling or importing food products that can be hazardous to health can be imprisoned for five years or fined or both under section 9 of the Public Health (Food) Act, Chapter 182.