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The United States: Public Notification: Tonic Life BP Contains Hidden Drug Ingredient Phenolphthalein
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising consumers not to purchase or use Tonic Life BP, a product promoted and sold for weight loss and sold on various websites, including, and in some retail stores.

FDA laboratory analysis confirmed that Tonic Life BP contains phenolphthalein. Phenolphthalein was an ingredient in some over-the-counter (OTC) laxative products until 1999, when FDA reclassified the ingredient as “not generally recognized as safe and effective” after studies indicated that it presented a potential cancer-causing (carcinogenic) risk.

This notification is to inform the public of a growing trend of dietary supplements or conventional foods with hidden drugs and chemicals. These products are typically promoted for sexual enhancement, weight loss, and body building and are often represented as being “all natural.” FDA is unable to test and identify all products marketed as dietary supplements that have potentially harmful hidden ingredients. Consumers should exercise caution before purchasing any product in the above categories.

Please refer to the following website in FDA for details:

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

Ends/ Thursday, January 30, 2014
Issued at HKT 14:00