Recall round-up – Men’s supplements, weight loss capsules and a hemp-containing honey

By Will Chu

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Recall round-up – supplements and weight loss capsules

Related tags: recall, alert, Fsai, AGES, Poland

As 2021 enters February, there’s no let-up in the products flagged by European authorities as a men’s supplement, weight loss capsules and a hemp-containing honey fall under the microscope this month.
Total Men 1

Poland’s Chief Sanitary Inspectorate warns of the presence of the erectile dysfunction drug sildenafil in a sample of the dietary supplement product "Total Men."

Available in packs of five tablets and an expiry date of ‘2022-03,’ the product is manufactured by UK-based Gertix International.

“UK authorities informed that Gertix International is not registered with the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Authority) and the address on the product packaging does not exist,”​ the food alert states.

“In connection with the above, there is a suspicion that the product has been illegally placed on the market in Poland and does not comply with the food safety requirements.

“The State Sanitary Inspection conducts activities aimed at identifying all entities placing the questioned product on the market and withdrawing it from sale.”

Total Men 2

The Chief Sanitary Inspectorate adds that due to suspicions that the product has been illegally placed on Poland’s markets, the product may pose a threat to consumer health and as such not to consume it.

DNP abuse

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) moves to recall a brand of weight loss capsules containing 2,4-Dinitrophenol (DNP) being sold on the website ‘www.FatBurney.com.’

The recall notice, which applies to all batch codes and all best before dates, warns of DNP being abused as a ‘fat burner’ to achieve rapid weight loss through accelerating the metabolism.

FatBurney

The FSAI says its use has serious and unpredictable side effects, with a number of fatalities recorded.

Following an intelligence led investigation by the authority in cooperation with other State agencies, a quantity of capsules containing DNP were seized.

The FSAI advise customers not to consume any DNP capsules obtained via this website or any associated social media site.

THC levels exceeded

Finally, the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES) is flagging concerns about the product ‘CBD FULL 10% simply natural hemp, milk thistle, black cumin, honey,’ produced by Organic Gardens GmbH.

“The product was because of a significantly increased THC -The content is judged to be harmful to health, a warning is issued against consumption of the goods,”​ the Agency states.

The batch number in question is ‘1/04191020,’ and ‘1/12191020’ with a best before date of ‘31.3.2021’ and ‘30.11.2021.’

AGES points out that the warning does not mean the harmfulness of the product was caused by the producer, manufacturer, importer or distributor.

The Agency requests that consumers not to use any existing affected product, but to dispose of it immediately or to complain at the point of sale.

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