Toxic slimming seed products: Update

Posted by Rita Mu

Customers with health concerns regarding the slimming seeds marketed under the labels, ‘The Latin Seed’ and ‘Slim Seed,’ have been advised to return their product and seek medical advice.

The NSW Food Authority issued a statement last week warning consumers that the weight-loss seeds, which are sold online and in selected health food stores, contained a “highly toxic” plant called Yellow oleander and not the Aleurites moluccana plant species (commonly known as Candle Nut), which is marketed on the products’ packaging.

The NSW Food Authority and Food Standards Australia New Zealand have advised customers to stop consuming the product immediately and that any customers with health concerns should seek medical advice. Symptoms of Yellow oleander poisoning include vomiting, diarrhoea, dizziness and a slow or irregular heartbeat.

The Latin Seed company said in a statement on their website that an investigation was currently taking place with their suppliers on the possibility of the seeds being contaminated from a processing source.

The Latin Seed company has ceased trading while the investigation takes place. It has advised customers to return products along with their name and address to: The Latin Seed, PO Box 7733, Baulkham Hills NSW 2153 for processing.

A New South Wales-based supplier of The Latin Seed, Lumsden Health Products (other trade names include Balanced Opinion and LSM), has advised its customers to return the product to the point of purchase for an immediate full cash refund. For further information, customers can contact Lumsden Health Products on 1300 882 506 or at PO Box 7733, Baulkham Hills, NSW, 2153.

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