If you're buying honey online from Minnesota, Wisconsin, or really, anywhere in the United States, be careful. The Food and Drug Administration says there may be Viagra or Cialis in your honey, even though the packaging says nothing about the drugs.

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Four companies received warning letters from the FDA for selling products, with names like "Royal Honey for Him" and "X-Rated Honey for Men", that have "hidden pharmaceuticals." Basically, the products claim to provide sexual enhancement and boost reproductive health

What's the Big Deal? They're Approved for Use, Right?

On Tuesday the FDA said their lab found tadalafil and sildenafil in the honey tested and NOT listed on the labels. That's the active ingredient you'll find in Cialis and Viagra, used to treat erectile dysfunction.

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Those two medications are approved for use, but only with a prescription. Who knows how someone's body will react to the unrevealed drugs? They can be dangerous if you have diabetes, high cholesterol, or heart disease because your blood pressure could suddenly plunge and you might not live thru it.

The FDA says putting drugs into a food product for interstate commerce violates federal law and the four companies have 15 days to state how they'll address the problem or explain why they aren't violating federal law.

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Companies that Received FDA Letters

You may find them in retail locations, but I couldn't find any in Minnesota or Wisconsin, mostly the trade is online.

What If I Bought Some and It Made Me Sick?

"If a consumer thinks that a product might have caused a reaction or an illness, they should immediately stop using the product and contact their health care provider. The FDA also encourages health care providers and consumers to report adverse reactions associated with FDA-regulated products to the agency using MedWatch or the Safety Reporting Portal."

Consumers using or considering using any over-the-counter product marketed for sexual enhancement should talk to a health care professional first, as some ingredients may interact with medications or dietary supplements. The FDA’s health fraud products database can help consumers identify nearly 1,000 of these potentially dangerous products.

How Can Stuff Like This Happen? Isn't All Food Checked?

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No. Dietary supplements have long been an easy way to rip off the public because they're regulated as food, not drugs. They don't get vetted for anything drugs might be checked for. And that includes labeling.

As always, if you have a comment, complaint, or concern about something I wrote here, please let me know: james.rabe@townsquaremedia.com

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