Undeclared Ingredients Prompt Weight Loss Supplement Recall
REFA Enterprises, LLC announced a voluntary recall of Forever Beautiful Bee Pollen and Forever Beautiful Infinity products after they were found to contain undeclared ingredients. Both products are marketed as dietary supplements for weight loss.
A laboratory analysis by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) confirmed the presence of the undeclared ingredients sibutramine and/or phenolphthalein. Sibutramine, a controlled substance, was withdrawn from the market in October 2010 due to safety concerns. Sibutramine is known to significantly increase blood pressure and/or pulse rate in some patients and may pose a significant risk in patients with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, or stroke. Phenolphthalein, a compound previously found in many over-the-counter (OTC) laxatives, is no longer approved for use after concerns of carcinogenicity arose. Currently, phenolphthalein is classified by the FDA as “not generally recognized as safe and effective.”
The affected Forever Beautiful Bee Pollen (UPC # 6333090804632) and Forever Beauty Infinity (UPC # 633090804649) products were supplied as 60-count bottles and distributed via the internet from July 7, 2014 – November 3, 2014. Consumers who have purchased the affected product or products are advised to discontinue use and return the products to REFA Enterprises, LLC.
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