GLOBAL Australia recalls imported coffee and chocolate containing sibutramine
MILAN Three brands of imported coffee and chocolate have been recalled from sale after they were found to contain sibutramine, a prescription medication not permitted in foods.
The recalled products are:
- Moti Angel Coffee
- Sumabe Acai Berry Coffee
- Leptin weight loss chocolate
They are marketed and labelled as slimming foods and could lead to a higher risk of cardiovascular disease in people who are overweight or obese.
Sibutramine has been withdrawn from sale in Australia due to concerns regarding the safety of the drug.
It was found that there were higher rates of cardiovascular events such as heart attack or strokes in overweight patients using sibutramine.
Sibutramine can also interact with many commonly prescribed medications.
Due to concerns of a risk to public health, the importers of these products are undertaking a recall.
Nsw Chief Health Officer, Dr Kerry Chant has urged consumers considering using weight loss products to discuss a weight control plan with their general practitioner.
Sale of weight loss supplements, including herbal remedies, which include this undeclared drug ingredient is also known to occur overseas, Dr Chant said.
The Nsw Food Authority is testing a range of similar products and will alert consumers if any further health risks become known. Consult your GP if you would like any further advice regarding weight loss alternatives, Dr Chant added.
Consumers who have purchased the product are advised to return it to the place of purchase or dispose of the product.