Public warned against using slimming juice

August 18, 2014 - 12:00:00 am

MANILA: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday warned the public against patronising a slimming orange juice which was found to contain toxic substances.

In Advisory 2014-064, the FDA said Leisure Burn Body Fat Orange Juice, manufactured by America Huarui Sheng Pharmaceutical Co Ltd, is also not registered with the agency.

FDA Director General Kenneth Hartigan-Go said samples of the product collected by the field inspectors of the Department of Health in Tuguegarao City found the product to contain amphetamine and sibutramine, which are not stated in its label.

He said amphetamine is a “dangerous drug” and its sale, trading, administration, dispensation, delivery, distribution and transportation are unlawful under Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

He said the FDA earlier suspended the manufacture, importation and distribution of all sibutramine products and sibutramine-containing products due to unnecessary cardiovascular risks to patients, as per FDA Memorandum Circular 2010-019.

The label of the product states that the juice can improve the body’s gastrointestinal function. Go ordered distributors, retailers, hospitals, pharmacies or clinics to discontinue the distribution, sale and use of the product.

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Korean freed after 4-month captivity

MANILA: A Korean tourist was allegedly detained for four months by men who kidnapped him when he boarded a taxi in Cubao, Quezon City last April, police said yesterday.

Kijeong Lee, 30, was allegedly released by one of his kidnappers on the night of August 11, also in Cubao. A report that reached the Quezon City Police District-Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit stated that Lee was kidnapped at around noon on April 25 along EDSA.

At that time, Lee boarded a taxicab and was on his way to the Korean embassy in Taguig. As he was boarding the cab, he did not notice that two men had followed him into the vehicle and sat in the backseat.

Lee told police the taxi driver pulled out a bladed weapon and pointed it at his torso while the two other men covered his face with a black cloth.  He was brought to a place where the men allegedly took P250,000 he had in his bag.

Lee said the men detained him for about four months. On August 11, one of the men brought him to EDSA in Cubao in a taxi and left him there.

Chief Inspector Rodel Marcelo, head of the QCPD-CIDU, said the victim could not provide specific details of his kidnapping.

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