Foreign Product Alerts: Super Fat Burner capsules, Maxi Gold capsules, and Esmeralda softgels
- Starting date:
- July 16, 2014
- Posting date:
- July 16, 2014
- Type of communication:
- Foreign Product Alert (FPA)
- Natural health products
- Source of recall:
- Health Canada
- Source of alert:
United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
- Undeclared Substance
- General Public
- Identification number:
These products are not authorized for sale in Canada and have not been found in the Canadian marketplace, but it is possible they may have been brought into the country by travellers or purchased over the Internet.
- Super Fat Burner capsules
- Maxi Gold capsules
- Esmeralda softgels
Super Fat Burner capsules, Maxi Gold Capsules, and Esmeralda softgels
These products are promoted for weight loss.
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned consumers not to use these products after they were found to contain undeclared sibutramine and phenolphthalein.
- Sibutramine was previously used to treat obesity but is no longer authorized for sale in Canada because of its association with an increased risk of cardiovascular side effects such as heart attack and stroke.
- Phenolphthalein was previously used as a laxative but is no longer authorized for sale in Canada because it may cause cancer.
Place of origin
Distributed by New Life Nutritional Center
In addition to heart attack and stroke, side effects associated with sibutramine include increased blood pressure and heart rate, dry mouth, difficulty sleeping and constipation.
Additional side effects associated with phenolphthalein include decreased blood pressure, skin rash and gastrointestinal bleeding.
What you should do
Health Canada advises Canadians to contact the Health Products and Food Branch Inspectorate at 1-800-267-9675 if they find the products listed above in the Canadian marketplace.
Canadians who have these products are advised not to use them, and should consult with a healthcare professional if they have concerns about their health related to the use of these products.
Drugs and natural health products that are authorized for sale in Canada will have an eight-digit Drug Identification Number (DIN), a Natural Product Number (NPN) or a Homeopathic Medicine Number (DIN-HM) on the label. These numbers indicate that the products have been assessed by Health Canada for safety, effectiveness and quality.
As of May 15, 2014,, no adverse reactions suspected to be associated with the use of these products have been reported to Health Canada.
Report a health or safety concern
To report a side effect to a health product to Health Canada:
- Call toll-free at 1-866-234-2345
- Visit Health Canada's Web page on Adverse Reaction Reporting for information on how to report online, by mail or by fax
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