A Newark company is in hot water with the US Food and Drug Administration for allegedly selling sexual enhancement honey tainted with a hidden medicinal ingredient.
According to documents released by the FDA, Shopaax.com‘s Kingdom Honey Royal Honey VIP contains sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra, without disclosing it to customers.
Although commonly prescribed to treat erectile dysfunction, sildenafil is limited to use under the supervision of a licensed healthcare professional. This undeclared ingredient may interact with nitrates found in some prescription medications — such as those taken for diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart disease — and could lower blood pressure to dangerous levels.
“Contaminated honey products like these are dangerous because consumers are likely unaware of the risks associated with the hidden ingredients of prescription drugs in these products and how they can interact with other drugs and supplements they can take,” said Judy, associate commissioner for regulatory affairs at the FDA. McMeekin said in a prepared statement. “Products marketed with unidentified ingredients can be dangerous and, in some cases, fatal to consumers. We encourage consumers to remain vigilant when shopping online or in-store to avoid purchasing products that put their health at risk, and instead seek out effective, FDA-approved treatments.
Shopaax.com is owned by Lahoucine Mousstaid and run by an apartment in the Iron Hill Apartment complex on Old Baltimore Pike. The product is made in Malaysia.
On its website, the company claimed that honey boosts physical fitness, improves libido, strengthens erections and improves blood circulation. In the advertisement, the company claimed that the product “contains all genuine and organic ingredients” and attributed its success to a Middle Eastern herb known to enhance sexual performance.
However, when the FDA purchased a packet of honey and tested it, the agency discovered that it actually contained sildenafil.
Shopaax.com was one of four companies to which the FDA sent warning letters this month, alerting them to “serious violations of the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act” for selling products made from honey containing the active ingredients of Viagra or Cialis.
The warning letters ‘describe how the companies violated federal law by selling active drug ingredients in products marketed as food, such as honey, and making unauthorized claims that their products treat disease or improve health “wrote the agency.
Last week, Shopaax.com recalled the product and removed it from their website, although it appears the honey is still available elsewhere on the internet.
The FDA has said consumers using or considering using any over-the-counter product marketed for sexual enhancement should speak to a healthcare practitioner first, as some ingredients may interact with medications or dietary supplements. The FDA health fraud product database can help consumers identify nearly 1,000 of these potentially dangerous products.
If a consumer believes a product may have caused a reaction or illness, they should immediately stop using the product and contact a health care provider. The FDA also encourages health care providers and consumers to report adverse reactions to safetyreporting.hhs.gov.