SINGAPORE: 4 merchandise marketed on-line as weight reduction merchandise have been discovered to include sibutramine, a banned substance that may improve the chance of coronary heart assault and stroke, mentioned the Well being Sciences Authority (HSA) on Thursday (Mar 25).
They are: Flash Slim; Leedee Botanical Beverage Combine Pineapple Juice Powder with African Mango; Quinn S Amyera; and Schocolite Double Chocolate Cookies Drink with Hoodia Gordinii Extract and L-Carnitine.
One shopper who took Flash Slim skilled severe opposed results similar to palpitations, nausea, insomnia and extreme sweating, mentioned HSA.
All sellers and suppliers should cease promoting these merchandise instantly, mentioned HSA in a press launch.
Customers ought to cease taking the merchandise instantly as effectively, and seek the advice of a health care provider in the event that they really feel unwell, the discharge mentioned.
The merchandise have been offered on native e-commerce and social media platforms. HSA mentioned it has labored with the platform directors to take away the listings, and has issued warnings to the sellers.
Those that promote or provide merchandise adulterated with banned substances or potent medicinal components are liable to prosecution, and might be jailed for as much as two years, fined as much as S$10,000 or each.
MAN EXPERIENCED SERIOUS ADVERSE EFFECTS
HSA mentioned that the male shopper who had suffered opposed negative effects after taking Flash Slim had seen an commercial for the capsules on an e-commerce web site. The commercial claimed that the product was “15 occasions simpler to burn cussed fats” with “outcomes assured inside one to 5 days”.
HSA mentioned it obtained suggestions from members of the general public who suspected that the opposite three merchandise probably contained potent components due to the exaggerated weight reduction claims.
The merchandise have been marketed to “burn fat rapidly”, “present outcomes (in) as early as seven to 14 days” and “improve metabolism”, mentioned the authority.
Sibutramine was a prescription-only weight reduction medication in Singapore however has been banned since 2010 as a result of an elevated danger of coronary heart assault and stroke, mentioned HSA.
Different severe opposed results reported up to now embody insomnia and hallucinations.
In 2019, a lady who consumed a product containing sibutramine skilled extraordinarily quick coronary heart price and have become unconscious.
“She was resuscitated and suffered debilitating penalties requiring the implantation of a defibrillator to assist her coronary heart to operate,” mentioned HSA.
HSA suggested shoppers to be cautious of merchandise that carry exaggerated claims of quick weight reduction with out the necessity for train or eating regimen management.
“Train warning when shopping for such merchandise on-line or from well-meaning pals. You can’t be sure the place and the way these merchandise have been made. They’ll include potent components which might critically hurt your well being,” it mentioned.
“There is no such thing as a fast and simple strategy to drop some pounds. Weight management ought to be achieved by a mix of balanced eating regimen and applicable train,” it added.