Chinese slimming tea withdrawn from market

Municipality says it causes heart problems

A Chinese slimming tea 'Paiyouji Plus' has been withdrawan from the market as it causes severe heart problems and Dubai Municipality's health and public safety department has warned the public against using the tea which was sold at Dragon Mart.

The tea has direct effect on the heart and arteries, UAE daily Gulf News quoted a municipality staff as saying.

The tea contains sibutramine which is banned by the European Medicines Agency because it can increase the risk of cardiovascular problems.

It is a weight loss drug that has been approved for the treatment of obesity and for patients who also have other obesity-related diseases.

A leaflet supplied with the tea, however, states it is only suitable for adults aged over 18 years and also warns that it should not be taken by anyone suffering from any heart, circulatory or respiratory conditions.

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