If You Have These Supplements at Home, the FDA Says "Destroy Them"

These sexual enhancement supplements can cause a "life threatening" health hazard.

Over-the-counter sexual enhancement supplements may claim to boost performance in bed and even treat erectile dysfunction, but experts say that their benefits remain unproven. In fact, many may put your health in harm's way, given their substandard regulation. In particular, one male enhancement supplement has made headlines this week for being recalled due to the discovery of certain undeclared ingredients. Read on for everything you need to know about the recall, and for another product to get rid of immediately, If You Have This Bottled Water at Home, Stop Drinking It Now, FDA Says.

According to a recall notice issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on March 25, Imperial Extreme 2000mg was voluntarily recalled after the product was found to contain undeclared sildenafil and tadalafil. These two ingredients, known as phosphodiesterase (PDE-5) inhibitors, are found in FDA-approved prescription medications used to treat male erectile dysfunction, including Viagra and Cialis. However, their undeclared status means that they have been untested alongside the product's other ingredients, and thus present a potential hazard by FDA standards.

Additionally, the fact that these ingredients are not listed on the label means that some consumers may experience dangerous interactions with other prescription drugs if they take the aforementioned supplement. Those who take PDE-5 inhibitors alongside nitrates (commonly used in the treatment of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and more) may experience "lowered blood pressure to dangerous levels that may be life-threatening," the FDA warns.

The product's parent company, S&B Shopper LLC, has notified distributors and customers that anyone in possession of Imperial Extreme 2000mg should stop using the products and "destroy them." The FDA's press release notes that the product was most commonly sold on Amazon and eBay, but was also distributed through smaller scale online marketplaces.

"While the FDA has engaged in discussions with online marketplaces like Amazon and eBay regarding these issues in the past, we believe they can do more to protect consumers from these fraudulent and potentially dangerous products," Donald D. Ashley, JD, director of the FDA's Office of Compliance, said in a separate statement on the matter. "We continue to urge stores, websites and online marketplaces, like Amazon and eBay, to take appropriate steps to protect the American public by not selling or facilitating the sale of illegal FDA-regulated products."

The FDA urges consumers to contact their healthcare provider if they have experienced any symptoms that may be related to their use of the tainted drug. At the time of publication, S&B Shopper LLC says it has not received any reports of adverse side effects related to the recall. Read on for more on other recent recalls, and for another product to ditch ASAP, If You Have This Pasta at Home, Get Rid of It Now, USDA Says.

Rice crisps

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If your shopping list spurs a trip to the snack aisle, you'll want to be on the lookout for one product to avoid: 3.03-oz. bags of Quaker Rice Crisps in Sweet Barbecue Flavor. According to a notice published by the FDA, the product has been recalled due to the presence of undeclared soy. Those with soy sensitivities or allergies "run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume the product contained inside the recalled bags," the notice warns.

To date, 4,550 bags of the potentially contaminated crisps are being recalled, all bearing UPC number 0 30000 31984 0 and a "best before" date of May 29, 2021, written as "MAY29213M21" on the packaging. And for the latest recall news delivered straight to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.

Caesar salad dressing

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A salad may seem like a healthy dinner decision, but only if your salad dressing is up to code. That means you may want to ditch any Brite Harbor Caesar Dressing & Dip 1.5-oz packets you might have on hand.

Two hundred twenty five cases of the Litehouse Inc. product were voluntarily recalled after it was discovered that the dressing may contain undisclosed anchovies, which could cause serious reactions for those with fish allergies. The dressing, which was sold in Oregon, Utah, and Washington, is marked with a best by date of July 13, 2021, written as "03 071321" and lot code "03 071321 16002 60/1.5 oz Brite Harbor Caesar." If you've purchased the affected dressing, return it to the store you bought it from for a full refund. And for more culinary products to cut, If You Have This Sauce at Home, Throw It Away Now, FDA Says.

Chocolate-covered pretzels

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Ah, chocolate pretzels: the perfect combination of salty, sweet, and… possibly contaminated. According to an FDA announcement, Market District Gourmet Pretzel Platters and Gourmet Pretzel Bags were recalled on Feb. 19 after it was discovered that these products could be contaminated with pecans that aren't disclosed on the pretzels' ingredients list.

Not sure if you've got a contaminated batch? The scale tags of the affected products bear the PLU numbers 25206 and 45505. If you have the recalled pretzels at home, the FDA recommends returning them for a full refund at your local Market District or Giant Eagle supermarket.

Queso fresco

Street tacos with carnitas, red cabbage and queso fresco cheese
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You may love your Mexican cuisine with a topping of queso fresco, but choose the wrong brand and you may be in for a side serving of listeria. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced on Feb. 17 that there were seven illnesses and seven hospitalizations across four states related to the consumption of Hispanic-style soft cheese, with officials in Connecticut discovering listeria bacteria in specific samples of El Abuelito queso fresco.

For this reason, the CDC recommends avoiding all hispanic-soft cheeses if you happen to have a weakened immune system, are pregnant, or are 65 or older. Other individuals should specifically avoid consuming El Abuelito brand queso fresco. And for another problematic product to scrub from your house, If You Have This Soap at Home, Stop Using It Immediately, FDA Says.

Lauren Gray
Lauren Gray is a New York-based writer, editor, and consultant. Read more
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