THE Ndola City Council has banned Power Natural High Energy Drink SX after it was shown to have been adulterated with Viagra.
The Council has since instructed Revin Zambia Limited to conduct a product recall of the Energy Drink.
Following complaints from various stakeholders that the adulteration of Power Natural High Energy Drink SX contained Sildenafil Citrate, the local authority had collected various samples which were taken to the Food and Drugs Laboratory for investigations.
Further, authorities such as the Ndola City Council, Ministry of Health, Zambia Bureau of Standards and ZAMRA sent samples to South Africa and Zimbabwe for further independent investigations of the alleged adulteration.
But Ndola City Council Public Relations Manager Tilyenji Mwanza said results from both Zimbabwe and South Africa and those from the Foods and Drugs Laboratory showed a positive presence of Sildenafil Citrate.
Mwanza said the levels of Sildenafil Citrate that was found in the samples ranged from 68.5 mg -71.3 mg per 250 ml of the drink.
“The recall will be focused on batches between E044G to E074G all environmental health officers, health inspectors and environmental health technicians are advised to concentrate on the batches and if found should be seized and submitted to the various council departments of public health,” Mwanza said.
And Mwanza said the local authority has also suspended the production of Natural Power SX Energy Drink until remedial measures are put in place to the satisfaction of all the mentioned regulatory authorities.
And according to Mwanza, Sildenafil is an active ingredient in oral therapy in erectile dysfunction in men