City Councilman Looks To Ban Sale Of Detox Teas To Minors

By WCBS Newsradio 880

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — 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.

He notes that the teas are often being pushed online, where susceptible minors can often fall prey to the advertisements.

“There's no way to insulate kids from them and they are from people who kids look up to,” Levine said.

The Kardashian sisters, Cardi B, Amber Rose and a number of other celebrities have done paid social media ads for companies pedaling detox teas and Levine says it's time to stop selling these products to children.

The teas are not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Most of the products include a disclaimer, but some say it’s not enough to combat the aggressive advertising.