MANILA, Philippines -- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ordered the recall, seizure, and ban of 26 slimming products found to contain amphetamine, sibutramine, and steroids.
In a circular, FDA acting Director Suzette Lazo said these ''slimming products are not registered and not approved or authorized by this office to be sold in the market.''
The slimming products are sold in the form of capsules and slimming coffee.
The banned products are:
1. Ballet Dancer Fat Reducing
2. Bio-Lissom Fat Reducing
3. Brazilian Slimming Coffee
4. Cell Life Slimming Coffee
5. Elegant Shape Fat Reducing
6. Goodliness Fat Reducing
8. Leisure 18 Slimming Coffee
9. Lightness Fat Reducing
10. Maggie Fitness Essence
11. Mei Shen Ting Anti-Obesity
12. Modeling Fat-Reducing
13. New Original Lightness Fat-Reducing
14. Pearl White Slimming
15. Perfect Figure Slimming
16. Perfect Slim Fat Reduction Cosmetic
17. Perfect Slim Purely Natural Fat Reduction Cosmetic
18. Pill for Weight Reduction
19. Pretty Model
20. Qiaomei Fat Binder
21. Qi Xian Nu
22. Seven Days Miracle
23. Shaping Body Fat Loss
24. Slim and Beauty Slimming
25. Slim Up Extra Whitening and Reducing
26. Xianzimei Fat Reduction
FDA said it tested these products and found that they contained amphetamine, which the agency said is a dangerous drug; sibutramine, which was already withdrawn from the market; and steroid, a prescription drug.
''FDA's findings through laboratory tests showed the presence of amphetamine, sibutramine, or steroids, either singly or in combination with each other, in the above products,'' Lazo said.
She warned that these slimming products ''pose imminent danger or injury to the consuming public and the importation, selling or offering for sale of such is in direct violation of Republic Act No. 9711 or the Food and Drug Administration Act of 2009.''
Lazo ordered FDA officers all over the country to ''seize immediately the above identified products from all outlets or establishments where they may be found for custody and proper disposition.''
In addition, she warned establishments against selling these products as they will be administratively and criminally penalized.
Lazo urged local government units to report outlets and establishments that sell the slimming products and enforcement agencies to arrest and file criminal case against establishments found to be selling the banned products.
The FDA list shows that most of these products came from China.