Weight-loss seeds found to be highly toxic

Latin Seed

A nut-based diet product has been recalled around Australia after it was discovered that the product was poisonous and possibly lethal.

Australians taking The Latin Seed, which bills itself as a natural weight loss product and is sold through health stores, chemists and online, are urged to stop doing so immediately.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) announced the nationwide recall after tests showed some batches contained nuts that were not listed on the box. "Test results ... indicate that the nuts may not be candlenuts, but the poisonous seed of the Yellow Oleander," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted the food safety regulator as saying in a statement.

"Customers should cease consuming the product immediately (and) any consumers with health concerns should seek medical advice. Customers are advised to return the product to the point of purchase for an immediate full cash refund," he said.

FSANZ said the NSW-based company which sold it, Lumsden Health Products, was recalling all stock of the product as a "precautionary measure to protect the health of its customers".

"Please understand that this situation is abnormal and we are working with our insurance company, and the government bodies, with regard to refund process," said the company in a statement posted on its website.

The product, described on its packaging as "The Natural Secret of South America", is listed as made in Brazil and contains 12 seeds per box.

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