11 February 2010

Harmful Fat-Loss Products

Zhen de Shou
Health authorities warned the public against buying - and selling - at least three potentially harmful cosmetic and two fat-loss products.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued two advisories warning against three 'Jiaoli' products and two 'Zhen de Shou' products.

In FDA Advisory 2010-002, FDA head Nazarita Tacandong warned against the purchase and sale of Jiaoli Miraculous Cream, Jiaoli Huichusu Special Cut Genuine, and Jiaoli 2+17 days Clearing Facial Spots Suit.

She said the products are not registered and that they contained mercury exceeding the allowable limit of one part per million (ppm).

"Cosmetic products containing such impurities/contaminants that are way beyond the allowable limit clearly pose imminent danger or injury to the consuming public," she said.

In Advisory 2010-003, Tacandong issued a similar warning against Zhen de Shou Fat Loss Capsule and Zhen de Shou Fat Loss Tea, which she said are not registered.

She advised the public "not to buy, consume or use" the products, after the agency found them containing potentially harmful substances.

"Worse, laboratory examinations show that samples of Zhen de Shou Fat Loss Capsule contain as their ingredients Amphetamine, Sibutramine, or Steroids, either singly or in combination with each other," she said.

"Not being registered, it is illegal for the above products to contain such ingredients. Furthermore, consumers can be put (in) imminent danger or injury when using such products," she added.

Tacandong warned all establishments or outlets selling and/or dispensing such products they "will be penalized severely."

She also urged the public to call the FDA hotline at 8078275 to report the sale of such products.