Diet supplement Slim 30 recalled for undeclared drug ingredient
by Leigh Goessl
A voluntary recall has been issued for Slim-30 Herb Supplement by the distributor, J & H Besta Corporation of Hickville, New York on July 16, 2010. The herbal supplement is marketed as a natural herb to help individuals promote weight loss.
Slim-30 Herb Supplement is packaged in plastic bottles of 30 capsules and has the UPC code of 8 31457 005009 2. The affected lot/code being recalled is 032009. Consumers should not consume this product.
The reason for the recall is because during a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lab analysis, the government agency discovered an undeclared drug presence in its ingredients. The drug, N-Desmethyl Sibutramine, has not been approved by the FDA, and the effectiveness and safety of the drug is not known at this time. There were also traces of a drug called Sibutramine, which is an FDA approved drug for weight loss, but has not been approved for this product.
The U.S. safety agency indicates Slim-30 Herb Supplement poses a threat to consumers due to the fact Sibutramine is commonly known to increase blood pressure and/or pulse rate. This can be very risky for those individuals who have a medical history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias or stroke.
At the time of recall no illnesses or injuries have been reported. The product was sold to distributors and retail stores across the United States, in China and also marketed and sold over the Internet. One of the websites promoting the product is very vague and does not offer much, if any, information to consumers about the dietary herb product other than how to buy the supplement, which to this author, seems questionable in itself.
However in terms of the recall, consumers are advised to not use this product and return unused portions immediately to the place of purchase. Those returning the recalled product should request a full refund for this product. Individuals who have any questions can contact company representative Jason Wang at 516-735-1436, Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, EST.
If you have consumed this product and have experienced any adverse effects, this can be reported to the FDA on the web at www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report.ht m, by calling 1-800-332-1088 or by sending in a downloadable form (postage is paid or it can be faxed to 1-800-FDA-0178 ) which can be retrieved at the FDA website on the Download Forms page.