This weight-loss coffee brand is now banned in Dubai

Dubai Municipality halts all import, sales and circulation.

Do you drink Idol Slim Coffee? Then you should stop, immediately.

In a blanket message across its social media channels, Dubai Municipality yesterday issued a halt on all import, sales and circulation of Idol Slim Coffee for endangering the health and safety of the public.

Manufactured in Thailand, the coffee is marketed as a weight-loss product, however, it was found to contain Sibutramine, a chemical that has been already banned in several countries, thus leading to the decision to remove it from the market locally.

Originally used as a treatment for obesity, studies later showed that Sibutramine could increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes in patients with a history of cardiovascular disease and was subsequently pulled from the European market by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in January of 2010.

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