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Posted August 17, 2022
Seller of Moringa Tea and Other Herbal Products Warned for Drug Claims, Manufacturing Violations
On July 29, 2022, the FDA issued a warning letter to Deggeh Foods, Inc. after inspection of the company’s website and social media found statements about the company’s Actibest Health Plus Capsules, Best Hemorrhoids Rapid Action Herbal Healing Formula, StomacAID capsules, and Moringa Tea Bags products to be drug claims.
For example, the company’s Moringa Tea Bags were promoted with statements such as, “Get almost instant results and relief for: MIGRAINS [sic], HIGHBLOOD [sic] PRESSURE, HIGH SUGAR, DIABETES, HIGH CHOLESTEROL . . . INSOMNIA . . . SICKLE CELL, ASTHMA, RHEUMATISM, ARTHRITIS, LIVER AND KIDNEY DISEASE.” and “HELPS PREVENT CANCER, DESTROYS EARLY CANCEROUS CELLS.” The products are also misbranded because product labels do not bear adequate directions for intended use.
Moringa (Moringa oleifera) leaf may be used to make teas, and Moring leaf extract is a common ingredient in supplements promoted for improving metabolism or weight loss (such as Provitalize), although there is concern that it may promote blood clotting and the formation of blood clots, as was reported in at least one case (see Warning for more details). People with a history of blood clots, or those taking blood-thinning medications such as warfarin (Coumadin) or apixaban (Eliquis), should consult with a physician before using supplements containing M. oleifera extract.
In addition to these claims, FDA inspection of Deggeh Foods’ manufacturing facility revealed violations of Current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP). These violations include failure to establish and follow written procedures for packaging and labeling of dietary operations, failure to establish and follow written procedures for quality control operations, among others.
Deggeh Foods, Inc. is required to respond to the FDA in writing within 15 days of receipt of the FDA’s warning to explain the specific steps taken to address any and all violations.
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