How to avoid getting stuck with expensive ‘premium’ lubricants
The best-selling lubricant, lube and lubricant dispensers, have been banned from the UK and the US for up to four years following a consumer health scare.
The move comes after two outbreaks of lice in the US were linked to a high-fructose corn syrup product.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned the lube products on December 15th, 2016, saying they are “low-risk” and “not a good choice for people with existing conditions”.
The new ban comes as the country grapples with an outbreak of louse-related illness.
More than 1,100 cases of listeriosis have been reported across the US in the last two weeks, and the number of confirmed cases has climbed to 9,300.
Health experts have warned of the dangers of lacing the hands and feet of people with lice.
“It’s a very risky situation, with no evidence that these products are effective at preventing the spread of listers,” said Dr Daniel Bresnahan, from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) is also working to regulate the sale of products with a high fructose content.
This includes lubes and lubricants made with high fructose corn syrup, which are banned from sale in the UK.
Lubricants made from glucose have also been banned for up-to-four years.
Health authorities are urging consumers to avoid purchasing high fructose-based products, such as lubes, since they contain high fructose syrup, high fructose maltodextrin, and sucrose.