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Singapore: HSA Alert: S Gold Coffee sold online found to contain banned substance sibutramine
The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) is alerting members of the public not to purchase or consume S Gold Coffee sold online as they have been tested to contain sibutramine, a banned substance.

HSA was alerted to the online sale of S Gold Coffee by a member of the public, who became suspicious when her appetite was suppressed significantly after consuming S Gold Coffee. The product is sold on social media platforms and local e-commerce websites for slimming. HSA has directed the respective local website administrators to remove the postings.

HSA’s tests revealed that the product contained sibutramine, which used to be a prescription medicine for weight loss but has been banned in Singapore since 2010 due to an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes. The product marketing materials had advised that insomnia is a common reaction when taking this product, and that experiencing headache and heart palpitations showed that “the product is working towards internal detoxing and helps to improve blood circulation”. In fact, these are known side effects of the banned sibutramine, which the sellers are misleading consumers into believing, are beneficial effects of the product.

Consumers are advised to stop taking S Gold Coffee immediately and see a doctor if they feel unwell or are concerned about their health.

Please refer to the following website in HSA for details:

In Hong Kong, the above product is not a registered pharmaceutical product.

Ends/Friday, Sep 27, 2019
Issued at HKT 15:00