Notified via the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF), the Institute identifies the dietary supplement of Sichuan Wellong Pharmaceutical “Passion & Pleasure”like a person to be avoided.
The warning comes after tests revealed the presence of erectile dysfunction drugs, sildenafil, tadalafil and vardenafil, in addition to the sildenafil derivatives, thiosidenafil, thiohomosilsildenafil and dimetilthiosildenafil.
“For the protection of consumers, we ask you not to consume this product”,The Institute said because it identifies the batch “12/2018”, expiration date “06/2020” produced in China and sold online as a specific offending product.
The presence of erectile dysfunction drugs in dietary supplements appears to be a themebecause the RASFF seems to have reported another batch of contaminated products.
“Real hidden composition”
Meanwhile, Spanish company Marco Cordone appears to be marketing and distributing dietary supplements in Italy that also contain sildenafil and tadalafil, which are available in Italy.
Originating in China, Spanish authorities report that these products are mislabelled with plant-based ingredients and are sold on various online sites.
These products are Bioacvit capsules (sildenafil and tadalafil), Bioacvit extra forte capsules (sildenafil and tadalafil), torexan capsules (sildenafil), Devit Forte capsules (sildenafil and tadalafil), Devit only Piante capsules (sildenafil) and tadalafil and Bull extreme capsules (sildenafil and tadalafil).
“According to the analyzes carried out by the official control laboratory of this agency, the aforementioned products contain the active principle sildenafil, alone or in combination with tadalafil”,said the Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products (AEMPS).
“These substances were not declared on their labels, which only indicate products of plant origin.”
The Agency added, “These products are presented as natural products, hiding their true composition from the consumer and giving misleading information about their safety.
“In particular, the presence of sildenafil and / or tadalafil poses a risk for people who are particularly susceptible to adverse effects from the consumption of PDE-5 inhibitors.
“Precisely, these people could use products of this type, supposedly natural, herbal, as a theoretically safe alternative to authorized prescription drugs. “
The Italian National Institute of Health added: “For the moment, Spain has not yet sent the distribution lists of importers”.
“To protect consumers, even for online purchases, we ask you not to consume the products listed in the Spanish Ministry of Health announcementwhich includes the photos of the packages.
Finally, the International Network of Food Safety Authorities (INFOSAN) informs Italian consumers that food supplements produced by Konsar Future Nutrition Inc. may present “Serious health risks”.
The institutes say that Canadian authorities inspected the production site, located in Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec, and found serious deficiencies in hygiene and quality control.
The products, which include vitamins and supplements targeted for health and fitness, bodybuilding and weight management, are sold under various brands.
These include Athltx Science, Elle Factor Weight Management, Future Nutrition, Humabolic Science, MVP Biotech, MVP Laboratories, MVP Lifestyle, MVP Nutrition, PHP Edge, and Xtreme Lifestyle.
Canadian authorities reportwidespread unsanitary conditions, such as rust on equipment and cracks in site walls and floors.
In addition, the Ministry found a lack of adequate quality control measures to ensure product quality and safety, including a lack of measures related to product testing, product stability (shelf life) and record keeping.