Coffee Brand Banned in UAE for Containing Sibutramine
Dubai Municipality banned Idol Slim Coffee in the emirate.
Through a social media statement, the civic body said the product, based in Thailand, is now banned from import, circulation and sales across the emirate for containing Sibutramine that’s blocked internationally.
Subutramine is an active substance used to reduce weight. Previously it was authorised in medicines for treatment of obesity. In January 2010, all sibutramine-containing products were suspended from the European market on the basis of a risk assessment from the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
Assessments showed that the risk of cardiovascular diseases outweighed the health benefits of weight loss from sibutramine, which was usually used in coffee, tea and juice.