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PIA Press Release
2010/01/28

DOH-7 seizes banned Chinese slimming product from 2 Cebu outlets

Cebu City (28 January) -- Two commercial outlets in Cebu City have been found to be selling the prohibited Chinese slimming product Zhen De Shou which is now subject for confiscation by the Department of Health (DOH-7).

Grace Cardona of the Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD-7) recently said a total of 1,200 Zhen De Shou fat loss capsules have been confiscated from the two outlets as the slimming product also comes in a tea form.

A Department Circular from the DOH Central Office ordered for the confiscation of the product following a laboratory examination by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last year that showed it contained amphetamine, a prohibited substance, Cardona said.

Cardona added results of the lab test further showed that the product also contained sibutramine and sildenafil which are known active ingredients that cause erectile dysfunction and weight loss.

The BFAD-7 officer said Zhen De Shou fat loss capsules and tea are marketed illegally as it did not undergo the necessary lab exam thus without government approval.

"We caution those who want to lose weight to refrain from buying the product as this might only be harmful rather than helpful," Cardona stressed.

Cardona said 18 establishments were visited by the DOH-7 team as it conducted spot inspections of commercial outlets to determine whether these establishments are selling the prohibited product.

"Spot inspections are still ongoing as we urge those outlets to heed the government?s call and surrender voluntarily the prohibited product to the DOH-7," Cardona said.

Cardona however, said they are still waiting for further notice from their central office on what sanctions will be meted to outlets found to be selling the prohibited slimming product.

The FDA had already ordered the distributor of Zhen De Shou fat loss capsule and tea to recall the product from the market following the results of the lab exam but despite this, the banned product still found its way into the market prompting health officials to conduct spot inspections and order its confiscation. (PIA-Cebu/FCR) [top]

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