The FDA has issued a recall for a long list of diet products, many of which were sold under the guise of providing a “natural” alternative to weight loss. These diet pills and remedies were sold in stores such as The Vitamin Shoppe, GNC and online outlets.
The FDA found that some of the products contained pharmaceutical ingredients, which were not listed on the ingredient list and which had the potential to cause health problems.
The FDA discovered ingredients such as sibutramine, a Schedule IV controlled substance; phenytoin, an active ingredient found in Dilantin, an anti-seizure medication; and, phenolphthalein, an agent found in laxatives in the 1990’s that was suspected of being a carcinogenic.
The FDA also found that other diet products provided no benefit at all. The FDA has no regulatory power to test a diet product before it enters the market and if the department does determine there to be a problem with a product, the FDA must first provide the company that created the tainted product the right to issue a recall. Visit the FDA’s website for a recent list of recalled products.