USPlabs torched about $8 million worth of DMAA-packed supplements in July, reports the New York Times. Actually, the Times said “destroyed,” but “torched” is more dramatic. There was no mention of how, exactly, USPlabs disposed of all the OxyElite Pro and Jack3d.
The Dallas-based company was under pressure from federal health regulators, who have been amping up (without any supplements, that we know of) their crackdown on workout boosters and fat-burning products that contain dimethylamylamine (DMAA), an amphetamine-like stimulant.
The F.D.A. Issued a public advisory in April, saying DMAA was an illegal dietary ingredient and could pose serious health risks to consumers. Health regulators said the stimulant could elevate blood pressure, potentially leading to heart attacks, and warned consumers not to take it, reports the Times. Soon after, USPlabs said that it would, for business reasons, stop producing DMAA products and market formulations without the stimulant. But the company continued to distribute its remaining inventory of the products, which prompted the agency to issue an administrative detainment order for them and ask the company to destroy them.
The feds have recently acted against GNC, the nation's largest specialty retailer of nutritional supps, which has continued to sell Jack3d. Last month, federal prosecutors asked judges in two states to authorize the seizure of more than 3,200 cases of DMAA products from GNC warehouses in Pittsburgh and Anderson, S.C. Greg Miller, a spokesman for GNC, told the Times that the company believed DMAA to be a “safe, legal dietary ingredient.” He added, “to our knowledge, and for inexplicable reasons, the only retailer selling these products that was targeted by the F.D.A. was GNC.”
Recent research determined that there is no DMAA in geranium, thus making it not natural in origin and therefore should not be used as an ingredient in supplements.