Weight loss product contains cancer-causing substance
Friday, November 13, 2009
The FDA announced that a Southern California company is recalling a weight loss product that contains a prescription appetite suppressant and a suspected carcinogen.
GMP Herbal Products, Inc., of Westminster, Calif., is recalling Pai You Guo, marketed over the internet as a weight loss dietary supplement.
The FDA said the product contains sibutramine, an FDA-approved drug used as an appetite suppressant, and phenolphthalein, a solution used in chemical experiments and a suspected cancer-causing agent that is not approved for marketing in the United States.
The product is sold either in a box of 30 capsules or a bag of 10 g powder. FDA advises that these products pose a threat to consumers because sibutramine increases blood pressure and pulse rate and “may present a significant risk for patients with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias or stroke.”
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