Posted June 20, 2014

FDA Warns Some Bee Pollen Products for Weight Loss Are Dangerous

On June 19, 2014, the FDA warned consumers that some weight loss products containing bee pollen have been found to contain hidden drugs.

Zi Xiu Tang Bee Pollen was recently found to contain sibutramine and phenolphthalein. The product was also recalled in 2012 after it was found to contain sibutramine.

Sibutramine, the active ingredient in the obesity drug Meridia, was removed from the U.S. market in October 2010 because it can substantially increase blood pressure and pulse rate in some individuals, and may present a significant risk for patients with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, or stroke. This drug may also interact, in life-threatening ways, with other medications a consumer may be taking.

Phenolphthalein, once an ingredient in some over-the-counter laxative products, was reclassified by the FDA in 1999 as "not generally recognized as safe and effective."

Other bee pollen products found to contain these drugs include Ultimate Formula, Fat Zero, Bella Vi Amp'd Up, Insane Amp'd Up, Slim Trim U, Infinity, Perfect Body Solution, Asset Extreme, Asset Extreme Plus, Asset Bold and Asset Bee Pollen.

See Related Warnings:

Bee Pollen and Weight Loss Supplements Recalled

FDA Warns Consumers Not To Buy Or Use Weight Loss Supplement

Recall of "Bee Pollen" Supplement Found to Contain Drug

FDA Warns Consumers of Weight Loss and Body Reshaping Supplements Containing Controlled Substance

To read the FDA's warning, use the link below.