New legislation introduced to the City Council is looking to ban the sale of detox teas and appetite suppressors to minors.
Councilman Mark Levine says the so-called “detox teas” are really just laxatives and likened them to “get skinny fast” products.
Several companies that have been advertising the detox products claim they are weight loss supplements that can increase metabolism, improve digestion and boost energy levels. But, the problem is that these products are hardly regulated.
“They are considered food additives and so they aren't under the same intense regulatory oversight that traditional medications or pharmaceuticals would see,” Levine said.