Sibutramine found in Chinese herbal slimming tea and capsules

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Until recently, the history of faked or contaminated nutritional supplements mainly concerned anabolic androgenic steroids (Geyer et al. 2004, Parr et al. 2007), whereas banned stimulants (such as ephedrine and caffeine) found in supplements were mostly linked to their natural occurrence in certain plants (Parr et al. 2003). Yet, within the last years, several cases of Chinese herbal products containing N-nitroso-fenfluramine have been reported (Adachi et al. 2003, Kawata et al. 2003). Recently, Jung et al. (2006) reported the finding of the anorectic drug sibutramine in Chinese slimming capsules. As a consequence, German custom authorities confiscated large amounts of two similar products (Lida Meizitang, Lida DaiDaihua; supplier: Kunming Dali Industry & Trade Co., Ltd., China) and an official consumer warning concerning these products was published (Zollfahndungsamt Frankfurt am Main 2006). The present report describes the finding of sibutramine in a "pure herbal" slimming tea and confirms that slimming capsules from the same supplier contain high amounts of sibutramine. Einleitung
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRecent advances in doping analysis (15) : Proceedings of the Manfred Donike Workshop ; 25th Cologne Workshop on Dope Analysis 25th February to 2nd March 2007
EditorsWilhelm Schänzer, Hans Geyer, A. Gotzmann, Ute Mareck
Number of pages4
PublisherSportverlag Strauß
Publication date2007
Publication statusPublished - 2007
EventCologne Workshop on Dope Analysis - Köln, Germany
Duration: 25.02.200702.03.2007
Conference number: 25


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