The FDA is recalling bee pollen products issued as natural supplements because they were found to contain prescription drugs. According to an article on the recall in Forbes, the announcement affects three separate companies and several brands, including Forever Beautiful. In response to the FDA action, the company has issued a formal recall of supplements that were shipped between July and November of this year.
Inside these products, the FDA allegedly found evidence of Phenolphthalein and Sibutramine, with possible side effects: The former is mainly used in laxatives and "not currently approved for marketing in the United States," while the latter poses a risk of seizures, among other things.
In a press release posted on the FDA website, REFA Enterprises, LLC, the company that produces the Forever Beautiful line, explained the reason that these surprise ingredients were so potentially dangerous and caused the products to be recalled.
"These undeclared ingredients make these products unapproved new drugs for which safety and efficacy have not been established," it reads. "These products may also interact in life threatening ways with other medications a consumer may be taking." However, it also notes that "to date, the company has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall."
In June, the FDA featured an article warning against some bee pollen products as possible "scams," specifically those marketed as potential aids for weight loss. While it listed several different brands of pollen-based products, it specifically targeted Zi Xiu Tang Bee Pollen, also for containing Sibutramine.
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