Coffee product recalled for containing Viagra-like ingredient

The best part of waking up, indeed.

A coffee company from Grand Prairie, Texas has pulled one of its products after it was found to contain a hidden drug that gives a Viagra-type boost.

Bestherbs Coffee voluntarily recalled its New Kopi Jantan Tradisional Natural Herbs Coffee last week due to the undeclared presence of “desmethyl carbodenafil” — a chemical similar to sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra.

The FDA is advising consumers not to purchase or use Kopi Jantan Tradisional Natural Herbs Coffee.

The FDA is advising consumers not to purchase or use Kopi Jantan Tradisional Natural Herbs Coffee.

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Last year, the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning against the coffee for containing unreported desmethyl carbodenafil, which could interfere with the effectiveness of meds taken by those with heart disease, diabetes or high blood pressure.

Drinking coffee may help you live longer

The interaction of these chemicals could drastically lower blood pressure to dangerous levels. As of yet, no one has reported any problems after drinking the coffee.

But nearly a year later, the company is voluntarily recalling it.

Kopi Jantan coffee was marketed as a “natural” male enhancement product and was sold online and in stores nationwide from July 2014 to June 2016. Each box sold came with 25 13-gram packs of instant coffee. The FDA’s warning was due to the active ingredient being unlisted, possibly leading to health risks.

Kopi Jantan, a Malaysian phrase that roughly translates to “male coffee,” can still be found on eBay under different manufacturers who claim it will “improve energy, improve sexual ability, and increase vigor.”

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What a way to start your day — coffee with an extra boost.

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The FDA warns on their site against “fraudulent” products that claim to be dietary supplements. Michael Levy, director of FDA’s Division of New Drugs and Labeling Compliance, stated that these supplements often contain hidden ingredients “at much higher levels than those found in an approved drug product.”

Viagra-like chemicals aren’t the only thing this coffee was hiding. There’s also undeclared milk.

Anyone with the product is encouraged to stop using it and contact the company for a full refund.

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