Just when we thought that supplements makers had the now deciphered writing on the wall. The last thing we expected to hear about is about a supplement still contains an ingredient considered to be high risk. If you guessed this supplement is DMAA, you are right.
The first signs of trouble for DMAA (dimethylamylamine) and products that contain it started, or so it seems, from the US military. Many a popular energy, weight loss and performance supplements manufacturers would soon scuttle back to the labs to reformulate their product, minus the ingredient. Lawsuits were not far behind, not unexpectedly.
One company has recently recalled a number of its products because they contain DMAA.
Beta Labs LTD is recalling the dietary supplements Oxyphen XR, Phentalene, Phen FX, and Red Vipers Lot because they contain the potentially dangerous ingredient 1,3 dimethylamylamine (“DMAA”). The Products contain DMAA. Ingesting DMAA can elevate blood pressure and lead to cardiovascular problems. Consumers who have purchased these products should not use them. (Source: Food Poisoning Bulletin)
It is not clear why the company has waited until now to recall the products
GNC Complains As FDA Seizes Supplements
In a separate event, nutritional products franchise, GNC, complained of “retaliation” after the FDA seized products containing DMAA from their stores.
A day after federal attorneys moved to seize 1,542 cases of exercise enhancement products containing DMAA from a GNC warehouse in Leetsdale, the company issued a statement Friday accusing the Food and Drug Administration of “retaliation.” (Original source: Post-Gazette.com)
GNC reportedly called the action by the FDA retaliation, due to their (GNC) standpoint on DMAA, which they apparently consider to be safe. They are quoted as saying that distributors across the country continue to sell products containing it without any action being taken against them.