Sunday, August 8, 2010

WARNING FDA recalls Solo Slim

Solo Slim
Solo Slim
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The FDA has issued a recall of the diet supplements Solo Slim® and Solo Extra Strength® after finding that the 30-capsule bottles of each contain the undisclosed ingredient Sibutramine. Sibutramine can cause substantial increases in blood pressure in some individuals. It may also pose “significant risks” for people with a history of arrhythmia, congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, or stroke.

The supplement, manufactured by EZVille Ltd. Of Ronkonkoma, NY is distributed nationwide both in stores and online. The recall involves bottles with expiration dates including and before August 2013. For more information, consumers can call 866 673-8483, Mon.-Friday from 9am-5pm.

This recall comes only a week after Consumer Reports magazine published information regarding the fact that although many popular dietary supplements contain ingredients which may cause heart problems, damage to the liver and kidneys, as well as certain forms of cancer, Americans continue to spend millions of dollars on them annually. In fact, the Nutritional Business Journal stated that the market was “worth $26.7 billion” in 2009 alone.

It was also reported that only about one third of the more than 54,000 dietary supplement products now listed in the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database “had some level of safety and effectiveness that is supported by scientific evidence.” The Organization pointed, in particular, to ingredients such as bitter orange, chaparral, aconite, colloidal silver, coltsfoot, greater celandine, kava, lobelia, yohimbe, comfrey, germanium, and country mallow as those which “could be dangerous.”

The FDA is currently seeking more power from Congress in regulating supplements, especially those being manufactured in Chinese factories.