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CAFIA warns against food supplements containing unauthorised substances

07/31/2014
 
Within an inspection carried out by the Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority (CAFIA) focused on distribution and sale of food supplements , 11 lots of products at which laboratory analysis proved presence of unauthorised substances posing a threat to human health were banned from putting into circulation. Their risk was increased as the unauthorised substances could be consumed without knowledge of consumers since information on their presence was missing on the labelling. CAFIA found following unauthorised substances in various food supplements:
  • Glibenclamide – pharmacologically effective substance used particularly in medicaments for diabetes, however, it is banned from using in foodstuffs. The substance affects metabolism of sugars in human body and its unknowing consumption by a diabetic may pose a risk to health or even life (for example if a patient uses prescribed medicaments with glibenclamide, the total dosage of the effective substance is increased due to the use of a food supplement with missing information on the presence of this substance).
  • Aconitine, hypaconitine and mesaconitine are alkaloids of plant called aconite, of which use in foodstuffs is not allowed.
  • 1-dehydroandrostenedione (also known as boldione) – a substance belonging to the group of anabolic androgenic steroids, at which a range of undesirable side effects is reported, i.e. heart rhythm disorder, boost of prostate carcinoma and breast cancer, etc. The substance is banned from using in food industry, and at the same time it is present on the list of substances forbidden by Government Regulation No. 454/2009 Coll., as a substance with a doping effect, of which consumption by a sportsperson may be proved by a doping test.
  • Sildenafil and tadalafil – substances used in medicaments for erective dysfunction accessible in prescription only medicaments, of which use is not permitted in food industry.
  • Tetrahyxdrocanabilol (THC) – substance, of which use is not permitted in food industry.
  • Progesterone – substance from the group of endogenous steroid hormones at which a range of negative side effects is reported. It is contained in prescription only medicaments, however, its presence in food supplements sold over the counter is undesirable.

CAFIA strongly recommends consumers they do not consume the lots of non-compliant food supplements listed below. CAFIA banned putting of the given lots into circulation and will initiate an administrative procedure on imposition of a fine with the inspected persons.
Summary of the non-compliant food supplements
Name
Production lot
Producer
Country of origin indicated on the labelling
Inspected subject
Reason for non-compliance
Dia3in CAPSULES
L02082012
NATUR PHARMA s.r.o., Podolská 401/50, 147 00 Prague 4
Czech Republic
PHOENIX  pharmaceutical  wholesale, a.s., K pérovně 7/945, 10200 Prague 10 - Hostivař
- presence of unauthorised substance glibenclamide amounting to  5,93 mg/kg
- presence of aconitine (2,71 μg/kg ), hypaconitine (30,0 μg/kg) and mesaconitine (23,1 μg/kg) which were not indicated on the labelling
Dia3in (powder)
L16082013
NATUR PHARMA s.r.o., Podolská 401/50, 147 00 Prague 4
Czech Republic
PHOENIX  pharmaceutical  wholesale, a.s., K pérovně 7/945, 10200 Prague 10 - Hostivař
- presence of unauthorised substance  glibenclamide  amounting to  544.4 mg/kg
- presence of aconitine (1.42 μg/kg ), hypaconitine (42.7 μg/kg) and mesaconitine (16.1 μg/kg) which were not indicated on the labelling
Vimax Pills
Cannot be detected
Only information on the supplier available: :
Foshan Topshow trading co., ltd., Rm 1604, No.13, Diking Nazhuang, 5100000 Guangdong Chancheng, China
China
Customs warehouse – post consignment
- presence of unauthorised, pharmacologically effective substance sildenafil amounting to 2.26 mg/capsule
- presence of unauthorised, pharmacologically effective substance  tadalafil amounting to 0.21 mg/capsule
WEIDER TRIBULUS TERRESTRIS
L:41023041/9
Only information on the importer available: FIT-PRO CZECH s.r.o., Jaurisova 515/4, 140 00 Prague 4
Germany
Goldfitness s.r.o., Jaselská 31/289, 16000 Prague
- presence of unauthorised substance
1-dehydroandrostenedione amounting to 1.34 mg/kg
presence of unauthorised substance tetrahydrocanabinol (THC) amounting to 31.4 mg/kg
TRIBULUS FORTE
Lot 310713/0505
VEMO 99 Ltd. 1309 Sofia, Bulgaria
European Union
ForActiv.cz s.r.o., Plotní 75/688, 60200 Brno
- presence of unauthorised substance
1-dehydroandrostenedione amounting to 0.256 mg/kg
VEMOHERB BULGARIAN TRIBULUS
120314/0501
VEMO 99 Ltd. 1309 Sofia Bulgaria
European Union
Selltime s.r.o., Zábrdovická 10/827, 61500 Brno
- presence of unauthorised substance  
1-dehydroandrostenedione amounting to 0.103 mg/kg
COMPRESS FEVER
L13.06.2014
NUTREND D.S., a.s., Chválkovice 604, 77900 Olomouc
Czech Republic
NUTREND D.S., a.s., Chválkovice 604, 77900 Olomouc
- presence of unauthorised substance  progesterone amounting to 1.76 mg/kg
TRIBU X
0722911223
Only information on the seller available: Scitech Nutrition s r.o., Bezručova 883, Kyjov
Information missing
Selltime s.r.o., Zábrdovická 10/827, 61500 Brno
- presence of unauthorised substance tetrahydrocanabinol (THC) amounting to 2.53 mg/kg
WEIDER TRIBULUS TERRESTRIS
L:21024070/1
Only information on the importer available: FIT-PRO CZECH s.r.o., Jaurisova 515/4, 140 00 Prague 4
Germany
Goldfitness s.r.o., Jaselská 31/289, 16000 Prague
- presence of unauthorised substance
1-dehydroandrostenedione amounting to 0.359 mg/kg
AMIX Shake 4 Fit & Slim with sweetener, forest fruit flavour
L640#010713
Information on the labelling, seller: Large Life Limited, Section, Czech Republic branch, Bořivojova 35/878, Prague 3,
PSČ 130 00
Information missing
Ladislav Šulc, Havlíčkova 994, 29301 Mladá Boleslav
- presence of unauthorised substance progesterone amounting to 4.70 mg/kg
AMIX Anabolic Masster  with sweetener, forest fruit flavour
L813#011113
Information on the labelling, seller: Large Life Limited, Section, Czech Republic branch, Bořivojova 35/878, Prague 3,
PSČ 130 00
Information missing
Ladislav Šulc, Havlíčkova 994, 29301 Mladá Boleslav
- presence of unauthorised substance progesterone amounting to 3.16 mg/kg

Author: Mgr. Pavel Kopřiva , phone : +420 542 426 633