Danish Medicines Authority issues warnings about slimming products containing undeclared pharmaceuticals

All herbal safety warnings and alerts

30 January 2013

The MHRA is advising consumers not to use the products specified below due to concerns about possible side effects.

Product names:

  • Fashion Slimming Coffee
  • L-Carnitine + P57
  • L-CarnitinL 360 Slimming Coffee
  • Brazil Potent Slimming Coffee sachets
  • Coffee 26 Original sachets
  • Coffee Nature Fashion Slimming sachets
  • Slender Capsule
  • Slim-1

Product descriptions

Fashion Slimming Coffee is a brownish powder which comes in sachet form. The language of the packaging is English and Chinese.

Fashion Slimming Coffee

 

L-Carnitine + P57 is in capsule form. Capsules are Gold/orange in colour. The product has an expiry date of 03/04/2014. The language of the packaging is English and Chinese.

L-Carnitine + P57

 

L-CarnitinL 360 Slimming Coffee comes in bags containing 10g of light brown powder. The batch number printed on the product is 20120418XW and manufacturing date 2012.04.18. The language of the packaging is English and Chinese.

L-CarnitinL 360 Slimming Coffee

 

Brazil Potent Slimming Coffee comes in sachet form. The sachets contain a grey powder.

Brazil Potent Slimming Coffee

 

Coffee 26 Original comes in sachet form. Sachets contain a grey/white powder with black grains. The language of the packaging is English and Chinese.

Coffee 26 Original

 

Coffee Nature Fashion Slimming sachets contain a light brown powder. The language of the packaging is English and Chinese.

Coffee Nature Fashion Slimming

 

Slender Capsules are green/dark green in colour. They are manufactured by HK Bertone International Industrial Co. Ltd. The batch number shown on the packaging is 12010801, expiry date: 20150107. The language of the packaging is English and Chinese.

Slender Capsules Slender Capsules

 

Slender Capsules Slender Capsules Slender Capsules

 

Slim-1 comes in capsule form. Capsules are green/light green in colour. The expiry date shown on the packaging is 02.19.2015. The language of the packaging is English and Russian.

Slim-1 Slim-1

Reason for warning

The MHRA has received advice from the Danish Medicines Agency that these unlicensed products have been tested and found to contain the Prescription Only Medicine Sibutramine which was not declared on the product labels. Sibutramine was withdrawn from the market in January 2010, on safety grounds, due to the increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Coffee 26 Original sachets, Coffee Nature Fashion Slimming sachets and Slim 1 additionally contain another undeclared ingredient called Phenolphthalein, a Prescription Only Medicine (previously used as a laxative but no longer authorised for sale in the UK due to safety concerns).

It is unclear whether these products are available in retail outlets but could be available on the internet.

Possible side effects

Sibutramine has been withdrawn from the EU market, due to increased risk of heart attacks and strokes. Phenolphthalein is no longer authorised for sale in the UK because it has been associated with a risk of developing cancer.

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Page last modified: 01 February 2013