The FDA has warned against the use and purchase of a weight loss product called Fruta Planta because it may contain a harmful and potentially lethal ingredient. For more information on this recall and what it may mean for your health, keep on reading after the jump.

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The weight loss product Fruta Planta has been voluntarily recalled by its makers after the FDA determined that the products contained a previously banned ingredient that has been shown to cause heart-related problems in some people.

PRock Marketing, a Kissimmee based company, has issued a recalled of Fruta Planta and Reduce Weight Fruta Planta. Both are the same product marketed under different names. The product is sold as an “all natural organic” Chinese weight loss supplement that can eliminate body fat and boost metabolism resulting in weight loss of up to 15 pounds in one month without diet or exercise. However, recent tests by the FDA has shown that it may contain sibutramine, and ingredient the FDA pulled from shelves last month.

Also known as Meridia, sibutramine has been shown to cause high blood pressure and increased heart rate and poses a potentially dangerous risk of heart attack or stoke in people with a history of cardiovascular problems. The FDA issues a warning to supplement makers last month after they pulled Meridia from shelves, but decided to look into Fruta Planta after several reports of heart problems and at least one death associated with the medication.

Consumers who have Fruta Planta in their possession are urged to dispose of the product in a sealed container to avoid consumption by children or pets. Any questions or concerns can be directed to PRock Marketing at 877-225-1009. Anyone who has experienced heart problems or any other adverse side effects can report them to the FDA’s MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program on the FDA website.

What do you think of the recall of Fruta Planta? Have you taken this weight loss supplement? Do you think the FDA should be able to have more control over supplements to avoid these kinds of situations? Let us know by leaving us comments on these topics, and be sure to check out the video below for more information on sibutramine.