Cancun, Q.R. — After a nationwide warning in 2017 about the use of a weight loss product called Demograss Clásico, the state of Quintana Roo had the highest rate of product confiscation.
State Director of Protection against Health Risks (Cofepris), Miguel Alejandro Murillo said that in 2017, 348 30-tablet bottles of Demograss Clásico were withdrawn from markets in Quintana Roo.
“Miracle products to lose weight have the highest number of complaints. We have confiscated more than 300 units,” said Murillo.
Cofepris consistently checks markets for products that are being sold without proper labels. When a product is found that does not have labeling and is not within sanitary standards, the product is confiscated and destroyed.
Cofepris issued a nationwide health alert last year, explaining that the claims of the products offered with the Dermograss label were not founded. He explained that lately, they have had additional reports.
“One of them is mariguanol, which is an ointment for arthritis, but can cause muscle atrophy.”
“We have had more notices, but in the state we have not found any more of these products to lose weight. Every time a product is cause for human damage in any part of the country, a health alert is issued and it is verified if it is in the states.
“The only two that have been detected are the Mariguanol and the Dermograss.”
“In the Mayan Zone, people from two locations reported herbal shops that allegedly sold prohibited products. We took on the task of doing the corresponding studies to determine how true the report was and to verify that the sale is not continued and everything was in order,” said Murillo.
Herbalist stores need to apply for the operating license and later, Cofepris in Quintana Roo verifies that they do not use psychotropic or prohibited plants.
“In the state, two reports were sent to the Mayan Zone in Felipe Carrillo Puerto and José María Morelos, where two herb stores were verified for selling prohibited substances.”