More Tainted Supps...

More Tainted Supps…

Here we go again – the FDA has identified another round of weight loss products adulterated/contaminated with sibutramine and/or phenolphthalein.

Sibutramine is an appetite suppressant that elevates the risk for adverse cardiovascular events. It was banned in 2010. Phenolphthalein is a chemical with laxative effects. It’s also a potential carcinogen. It was removed from OTC laxative products in 1999.

The most recent culprits ID’d are:

And so it goes…

I’m not a fan of proprietary weight loss formulas in general, but if I were to buy one, I’d stick with a product marketed through reliable retailers (like the ones in the sidebar!) vs. fringe products found on eBay, Amazon and one-off product web sites. It’s much safer that way, IMHO.


Author: elissa

Elissa is a former research associate with the University of California at Davis, and the author/co-author of over a dozen articles published in scientific journals. Currently a freelance writer and researcher, Elissa brings her multidisciplinary education and training to her writing on nutrition and supplements.

1 Comment

  1. I agree. I also think it’s best to go with reliable retailers (at least I hope they are). I’ve never heard of any of the products you listed, so I sure would’nt buy any.

    As you always say, “buyer beware”.

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