Be careful what you put on your plates. Health authorities on Tuesday warned against honeys and jellies posing as “aphrodisiac” and “natural” products, but which actually contain many active ingredients of drugs such as Viagra, exposing those who consume them to ” serious adverse effects “, alerted the Directorate General for Competition, Consumption and Fraud Control (DGCCRF), the Directorate General for Customs and Indirect Rights (DGDDI) as well as the National Agency for the Safety of Medicines and health products (ANSM).

These products considered “illegal and dangerous”, sold “in particular via the internet or social networks” under the brands Black Horse Honey or Jaguar Power, are presented as “food supplements for aphrodisiac purposes (…) containing original ingredients. natural (plants, editor’s note) “, explain the authorities in a press release.

However, analyzes carried out jointly by the laboratories of the DGCCRF and the DGDDI “show that they contain active medicinal substances not mentioned on the labels such as sildenafil or tadalafil”, the active ingredients of Viagra and Cialis, medicinal products against erectile dysfunction, sold only on prescription.

However, these substances can be toxic. They “are in particular contraindicated in people suffering from cardiac pathologies, because of the serious undesirable effects which they can generate”, add the three authorities. “Several poison control centers have documented in recent months numerous reports of serious adverse effects following the consumption of these products, which have caused repeated convulsions, pulmonary hemorrhages, cerebral edemas, or major acute renal failure having, for some, resulted in hospitalizations “, they assure.

When food products are identified as dangerous by the authorities, they “are systematically withdrawn from the market and recalled from consumers”, concludes the press release from the laboratories. They therefore call on people who bought these honeys “not to consume them and destroy them” or even “to consult a doctor” if necessary.

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