FDA Issues Warnings to Four Businesses for Marketing Tainted Honey-Based Products Containing Active Drug Ingredients

The United States (US) Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued warnings to four businesses selling honey goods with more kick than their marketing materials suggest.

The warning letters were issued to:

Instead, these four food companies have prescription medications stashed inside.

“Tainted honey-based products like these are dangerous because consumers are likely unaware of the risks associated with the hidden prescription drug ingredients in these products and how they may interact with other drugs and supplements they may take,” said FDA Associate Commissioner for Regulatory Affairs Judy McMeekin, Pharm.D.

McMeekin added that the products marketed with unidentified ingredients “may be dangerous and, in some cases, deadly to consumers.’

FDA has encouraged consumers “to remain vigilant when shopping online or in stores to avoid purchasing products that put their health at risk, and instead seek effective, FDA-approved treatments.”

According to the US FDA, it is increasingly coming across honey-based or honey-flavored syrup products that have been contaminated, illegally sold, and tested positive for active medication components that are not disclosed on the label.

For those taking medication for diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart disease, this medication components present problems.

The FDA wants to know how they will handle the situation or what their justification and evidence are for their opinion that the products do not break the law.


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