The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued recalls this week for a number of weight-loss products sold online and in some retail stores.
The teas, coffees, capsules and tablets have been found to have undeclared drugs -- sibutramine and/or phenolphthalein.
Sibutramine is a controlled substance removed from the U.S. market a year ago for safety reasons. The drug is known to substantially increase blood pressure and or pulse rate in some people and may present a significant risk for those with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmia or stroke, federal officials say.
Phenolphthalein is a solution used in chemical experiments and a suspected cancer-causing agent not approved for marketing in America. The product may also interact in life-threatening ways with other medications someone may be taking.
At press time recalled products included "Pai You Guo Slim Tea," "PhentraBurn Slimming Capsules," "Tengda," "Lishou," "Ja Dera 100% Natural Weight Loss Supplement," "Slender Slim 11" and "Leisure 18 Slimming Coffee."
Also recalled are "Fruit Plant Lossing Fat Capsule," "Lose Weight Coffee," "Magic Slim Tea,"
"Dream Body Slimming Capsule," "Botanical Slimming," "Sheng Yuan Fang," "Advanced Slim 5,"
"Acai Berry Soft Gel ABC," "P57 Hoodia," "Magic Slim Weight Reduction Capsule" and "A-Slim 100% Natural Slimming Capsule."
The FDA will list addtional recalled products at www.fda.gov.