Weight-loss products recalled

BELLINGEN Shire Council’s director of environmental health and planning, Charlie Hannavy, has advised that Food Standards Australia New Zealand has issued a recall of weight loss products.

Mr Hannavy said Food and Health Authorities were undertaking a recall of Sumabe Acai Berry Coffee, Moti Angel Coffee and Leptin Weight Loss Chocolate because the products were found to contain the therapeutic substance, sibutramine, but were not labelled as containing sibutramine or other therapeutic substances.

These products were found to contain sibutramine at levels which could lead to adverse effects in some consumers.

“Sibutramine was withdrawn from the market in Australia on October 9 after the analysis of results from a major health study known as the Sibutramine Cardiovascular OUTcomes (SCOUT) study which found there was a higher rate of cardiovascular events (such as heart attack and stroke) in obese and overweight patients using sibutramine than in patients managing their weight through exercise and diet alone,” Mr Hannavy said.

“Sibutramine may also cause increased heart rate, palpitations, raised blood pressure, nausea, constipation, insomnia, dizziness, paraesthesia, sweating, headache and anxiety.

“Sibutramine interacts with many commonly prescribed medications. Doctors should be alert to seek information about the use of weight loss products in any person presenting with unexplained cardiovascular symptoms.

“Consumers should cease consumption immediately and return product to the point of sale or dispose of safely out of the reach of children.

“Consumers should seek medical advice if concerned about their previous consumption of these products.”

Further information may be obtained from the NSW Food Authority website.

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