In December 2008, the FDA recalled many diet pill products being sold under the guise of supplements. Supplements are not subject to FDA approval unless and until they become dangerous to the public. One of the companies on the FDA recall list was Super Slim, makers of Super Slim and Super Slim Pomegranate. While the label of Super Slim Pomegranate lists innocuous, natural ingredients, because of the company's reckless disregard for the health of the public, the FDA believes that it may not be completely truthful and has warned against this product. The Super Slim cooperation is known to use ingredients identified as dangerous by the FDA.
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