It’s the time of year when cloying New Year’s weight-loss resolutions abound, so this warning by the FDA is an especially timely one. The government is warning consumers to stay far, far away from 30 new weight-loss products that contain unlisted and potentially dangerous ingredients. According to the Associated Press:
The pills are advertised as “natural” fat busters and have intriguing names like Imelda Perfect Slim and Zhen de Shou. Some suggest they are innovative “herbal” remedies from Asia.
But the Food and Drug Administration on Monday said the concoctions contain unlisted ingredients, including powerful appetite-suppressing drugs and a suspected carcinogen. …FDA lab testing found 28 dietary supplements that could land unsuspecting users in the emergency room.
Many of the supplements contain sibutramine, a powerful appetite suppressant described as a “chemical cousin of amphetamines.” Chances are, it probably won’t induce weight loss, the real and lasting kind anyway, but it just might give you a heart attack, stroke, heart palpitations or other health problems. Other supplements contain phenolphyalein, a chemical traditionally used as a laxative, but is now being withdrawn from the market because of cancer risks. Neither of these ingredients are disclosed on diet pill labels.
The FDA is considering criminal charges against some of the below companies, because they have not responded to requests for recalls. No one should be taking diet pills anyway, but if you’re still looking for that mythical and magic weight-loss elixir, be sure to avoid these products at least:
Fatloss Slimming, 2 Day Diet, 3x Slimming Power, 5x Imelda Perfect Slimming, 3 Day Diet Japan Lingzhi, 24 Hours Diet, 7 Diet Day/Night Formula, 7 Day Herbal Slim, 8 Factor Diet, 999 Fitness Essence, Extrim Plus and GMP.
Imelda Perfect Slim, Lida DaiDaihua, Miaozi Slim Capsules, Perfect Slim, Perfect Slim 5x, Phyto Shape, ProSlim Plus, Royal Slimming Formula, Slim 3 in 1, Slim Express 360, Slimtech, Somotrin, Superslim, TripleSlim, Zhen de Shou, Venom Hyperdrive 3.0