The Food and Drug Administration is investigating a Vista company that manufactures dietary supplements and sells them online. Some of those supplements may contain illegal steroids that pose a potential health risk, according to an FDA search warrant affidavit obtained by News 8.
The company targeted by the warrant is I Force Nutrition. Employees in the company's Vista office didn't have much to say about the Federal search warrant issued last week. Office worker Alec Wisecup told News 8 the company is working with the FDA and there would be no further comment.
FDA agents accuse I Force of spiking its nutritional supplements with illegal and unapproved synthetic steroids. The warrant claims the company imported raw materials from China and distributed the supplements online through a network of body building web sites.
The warrant identifies the owner of the company as David Nelson, 42. Employees said Nelson was out of the office. He did not respond to messages left at his home in San Marcos or his office.
The FDA search warrant identifies four supplements made by I Force, including Dymethazine - which is still being offered for sale online - and other products named Bold 200, Methadrol and PheraFLEX.
In July, the FDA issued a health alert warning consumers about similar body building products saying synthetic steroids can cause, "...serious liver injury, stroke, kidney failure and... blockage of (arteries) in the lung."
Karen Rickett, a registered dietitian who owns Propel Pilates and Fitness in Rancho Bernardo, agrees with the FDA warning. "The supplement industry is highly unregulated and you really don't know what you're getting in a bottle when you buy it," said Rickett.
Rickett advises her clients to steer clear of body building supplements. "You could be taking that supplement and thinking it's natural and it may not be natural at all," she said.
Several web sites have discontinued the I Force products in question. The FDA declined to comment on what they called an ongoing investigation. No criminal charges have been filed and I Force Nutrition is still in business.
here's the link with the video includeing interviews with the company: