The Zambia Medicines Regulatory Authority, The Ndola City Council and The Zambia Bureau of Standards have instituted investigations on the Natural Power High Energy Drink which is alleged to contain sildenafil citrate.
This follows social media reports emanating from Uganda that the energy drink Natural Power SX may contain this substance, which is used for the treatment of erectile dysfunction in men.
According to a statement issued to the media, the three institutions are working together to ascertain the claims made about the product.
Officers from the three institutions are on the ground to collect samples of the raw materials and of the finished product for analytical tests that will determine if there is any truth to the claims being made.
They said the outcome of this investigation will be communicated to the public as soon as results are released.
In view of the foregoing, the three institutions have urged the public to immediately desist from consuming the drink until conclusive results are released that either confirm or dismiss the allegations.
Meanwhile, the manufacturers of the product, Revin Zambia Limited based in Ndola, have been ordered to halt the production and distribution of the energy drink until all investigations have been concluded and appropriate action taken.