13 “Miracle” Products Become Prohibited

In a report published this week by the El Mexicano, a Tijuana paper, the Federal Commission for the protection against sanitary risk (Cofepris) announced 13 "miracle" products advertised as promising to cure diseases are not true as the advertising is misleading. The 13 items are from a list of more than 250 products traded in Mexico.

The products known to be a health risk are: Prostamax, Prostaliv, Malunggay, Marie Chardon, Rejuvital, Cold Heat Extreme, Purifhígado, Moinsage, Skinny Shot, Puassance, P-OS Excacto, Fungus Charakini, and Pilz Fungus Michoacano. Some promise to ease prostrate pain, control diabetes or cure diseases such as HIV-AIDS.

At a press conference, Miguel Angel Toscano of Cofepris, noted the legal regulation of “miracle” products will soon come under improved control with pending regulation on advertising. He said when manufacturers of these products are punished they change the name of the product, so “is a constant struggle” to protect the health of Mexicans. "The maximum fine for one of these companies is now one million pesos, which is low compared to their earnings in the sale of these products," he said.

Lucio Lastra Marín, Cofepris Commissioner, explained this is only the first group of products to cease marketing, but there are a total of more than 250 which must be regulated or stopped marketing in Mexico because false promises and adverse health effects.

Examples of these products include: - Rejuvital, supposed to prevent Alzheimer's and Parkinson's but when analyzed by the Cofepris was found among its ingredients to contain aminobutyric acid, which can affect heart rate. - Chardón Marié, advertised as a natural protector of the liver and for reducing cholesterol levels. Adverse effects include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and dizziness, among others. - Malunggay said to combat headaches and gastritis with high vitamin dosage. It was found to contain Zinga Moringa plant extract with potential for organ damage.

The entire list of products and health dangers may be found at: www.cofepris.gob.mx%2f

Source: El Mexicano


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