Coffee with Viagra-like ingredient recalled

Posted July 22, 2017

It poses a health threat to men who have diabetes, high levels of cholesterol and blood pressure, or heart disease.

The coffee includes desmethyl carbodenafil, a chemical similar to the active ingredient in Viagra but is not listed on the packaging, says the FDA.

Bestherbs Coffee sold the product nationwide from June 2014 to June 2016, according to the FDA.

Other brands such as Stiff Bull Herbal Coffee and Caverlo Natural Herbal Coffee also faced similar recalls.

According to the FDA's statement, the undeclared compound might interact with nitrates in some prescription drugs, which could lower blood pressure to risky levels.

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In May, instant coffee distributer Caverflo.com voluntarily recalled its "natural herbal coffee" which purportedly contained Tongkat Ali extract following the reported death of one of its consumers.

Products can be returned to Bestherbs Coffee LLC, 4250 Claremont Dr, Grand Prairie, TX 75052. Customers will be reimbursed. The UPC code on the box 557205060083, and each box contains 25 packets. Such products can still be found on eBay sold by different manufacturers who seem to claim their product will "improve energy, sexual ability, and also increase vigor".

According to the company owner, Albert Yee, he saw the coffee everywhere in Malaysia, and got the idea to bring it over to the USA.

No illnesses had been confirmed in relation to the Bestherbs Coffee product as of the posting of the recall on July 13.

The recall is the FDA's latest involving coffee containing the substance, which is said to be able to cure male erectile dysfunction.