Bottles of the product, Phedra Cut Lipo XT Fat Burner (60 tablets) are to be taken off the shelves of the distributor, Charleroi -based sports equipment shop Intersport Gosselies.
“The company has decided in consultation with the FASFC to remove the following product from the sale and recall it from the consumer,” FASFC recall notice states.
“The company asks its customers not to consume the product and to return it to the point of sale where it will be reimbursed.”
The affected supplement, made by the UK’s Ultimate Sports Nutrition (USN), contains the expiry date (02/2021) and the period in which the product was sold to customers (24/08/19 to 4/09/19).
In its notification, FASFC adds that consumers can contact the Agency on the number +32 (0)800 13550.
The recall is not the first time the product has landed in hot water with authorities. In August, the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruled that claims made about the green tea extract contained in the supplement were “misleading and unsubstantiated”.
Specifically, the issue was whether USN could use claims currently ‘on hold’ by the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA), who were still unable to confirm the assessment criteria for such claims.
USN stated that EFSA were considering two possible ways to assess such claims, either through scientific evidence or through the historical use of the botanical’s traditional use.
They added that until a decision was made over the assessment of such claims, they could continue to be used.