• UK Pulls 84 Supplements With "Dangerous Ingredients"


      By Shane Starling, Nutra Ingredients USA

      The bad week for the sports nutrition sector continued this morning as the UK medicines regulator announced it had warned retailers and manufacturers to remove 84 products containing “dangerous ingredients”.

      A Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) spokesperson told us the product breaches were mostly muscle-building or fat-burning supplements favoured by gym-users with steroids, stimulants and hormones singled out as the most common contaminants.

      Mostly online retailers have been told to remove products, although the agency has not yet released an inventory of the supplements in question.

      “It might seem like a high number but this is just the earlier stages of a campaign and people will hear more from us,” he said. “But we want to make it clear we are not trying to persecute the industry but inform them.”

      The action follows last week’s publication in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) of research conducted by Oxford University academics that found the science backing most sports nutrition products was feeble. That research formed the basis of a BBC documentary last week and is a massive blow to the sector in the run-up to the London Olympic Games.

      The MHRA said illegal supplements spiked with ephedrine, synephrine and yohimibine could cause adverse reactions like kidney failure, seizures and heart problems.

      The current campaign had been partially motivated by the recent incident of a spiked product called Celtic Dragon that left two men hospitalised with severe jaundice and liver damage.

      Extreme caution

      Products containing the controversial stimulant DMAA (methylhexaneamine/1,3-dimethylamylamine) are also under investigation, and the spokesperson said a further statement about that would come sooner rather than later.

      For the current effort, the MHRA worked with UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), which last week suspended Welsh boxer Enzo Maccarinelli for six months after he tested positive for DMAA after a boxing match in March.

      UKAD chief executive Andy Parkinson said, “Elite athletes need to exercise extreme caution when it comes to deciding what they put into their body and a vital part of our prevention programme is educating athletes in the risk of supplements.”

      “Athletes who use sports supplements need to choose reputable manufacturers who can justify their claims with scientific evidence, and have their products screened to minimise the risk of testing positive for a substance on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Prohibited List.”

      The MHRA’s manager of the borderline medicines section, David Carter, added: “We recommend that people only use approved products and speak to a qualified medical practitioner if they have any concerns about any supplements they may be taking.”

      Some of the busted 84 products included:

      USP Labs 'OxyElite Pro'
      Nutrex 'Lipo 6' range
      Dorian Yates 'Blackbombs'
      Isatori 'MX-LS7'
      i Force 'Maximise V1 & V2'
      Forza 'T5 Black' range
      Cellucor 'D4 Thermal Shock'
      Biotest 'Hot-Rox'
      Dymatize 'Dyma Burn Extreme'

      Source: http://mobile.nutraingredients-usa.c...%2BText%2BNews
      Comments 6 Comments
      1. AdelV's Avatar
        AdelV -
        Which are spiked with E? Pft
      1. Bodock's Avatar
        Bodock -
        what are they spiked with?
      1. snagencyV2.0's Avatar
        snagencyV2.0 -
        Originally Posted by AdelV View Post
        Which are spiked with E? Pft
        LOL yeah that's a pretty risky list of product there..


        http://www.flickr.com/photos/56595211@N07/5496767377/


        i mean - how long has Biotest Hot Rox been around?

        never heard of it causing ANY problems with anyone..(and never did much for me either yrs back when i tried it).

        but - i guess 7oxo is some lethal stuff.

        http://www.flickr.com/photos/56595211@N07/5496767377/

        wow.
      1. wtmdcg91's Avatar
        wtmdcg91 -
        I don't mind if they put legit information about supplements that may be harsh ... but try bully and scared tactics to use as an excuse to banned supplements that is another story! Governments in Europe, and USA been trying to regulate the supplement world for a long time....
      1. GuyverX's Avatar
        GuyverX -
        Since we the ruling power think that all the adults under us are stone idiots let's just make their decisions for them.
        Rather than relying on their own research, patience, and logic.

        Next they are going to be telling people which brand of orange juice is safest.

        I am all for safety measures concerning supplements.
        But usually most of the times I have read about people actually having serious bodily harm from them is from personal misuse.

        Like the guy that used Havoc for 6 straight months with no type of liver support.
      1. wtmdcg91's Avatar
        wtmdcg91 -
        Originally Posted by GuyverX View Post
        Since we the ruling power think that all the adults under us are stone idiots let's just make their decisions for them.
        Rather than relying on their own research, patience, and logic.

        Next they are going to be telling people which brand of orange juice is safest.

        I am all for safety measures concerning supplements.
        But usually most of the times I have read about people actually having serious bodily harm from them is from personal misuse.

        Like the guy that used Havoc for 6 straight months with no type of liver support.
        I agree there is always going to be idiots out there to make everyone look bad!

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