The UAE Ministry of Health has decided to withdraw an AmanaCare product, Seven Slim, due to presence of ingredients deemed harmful (and illegal) by the country’s authorities. Seven Slim contains sibutramine, which according to the authorities is not mentioned on the list of ingredients:

The Municipality of Abu Dhabi City (ADM) has withdrawn a product known as Max Slim after being alerted that the product consists of harmful chemical substances that result in increased blood pressure and heartbeat rates.

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After a laboratory test conducted by the UAE Ministry of Health (MoH) it was found that product Max Slim, contains a substance known as Sibutramine, which is part of the composition of two products, Natural Max Slimming Capsules and Seven Slim.

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According to a statement sent by the ADM yesterday, Sibutramine is already banned in the UAE due to its serious side effects; however, the substance itself is not mentioned in the product label, rendering it an adulterated product.

According to the AmanaCare website, the company is based in Beirut though it is not clear if they manufacture the slimming products. However the website does mention that their Seven Slim product should not be used by people suffering from kidney, liver or heart problems, or are pregnant or breast feeding.

I have emailed AmanaCare to get the company’s reaction to the UAE’s decision. Will post their response once I receive it.

From gulfnews.com: A range of slimming products have been taken off the market due to their potentially harmful ingredients which could harm health

From gulfnews.com: A range of slimming products have been taken off the market due to their potentially harmful ingredients which could harm health