Vitamin Shoppe Inc. (NYSE: VSI) announced that the company has entered into an Assurance of Voluntary Compliance (AVC) with the Oregon Attorney General and an Assurance of Discontinuance (AOD) with the Vermont Attorney General regarding products that may contain BMPEA, a substance that does not meet the statutory definition of a dietary ingredient.
As part of both the AVC and AOD, Vitamin Shoppe, Inc. has agreed to the following:
- The Company will not sell products that contain BMPEA
- The Company will also not sell products containing the botanical Acacia rigidula, which are at risk for containing BMPEA, unless adequate testing has been done to determine the product does not contain BMPEA
On April 7, 2015, a study was published in Drug Testing and Analysis, which found that some acacia rigidula containing products may also contain BMPEA. On April 8, 2015, Vitamin Shoppe Inc., of its own volition and prior to receiving notice from Oregon or Vermont, proactively removed from its stores and website all Acacia rigidula–containing products, due to the concern that some of them may contain BMPEA. Vitamin Shoppe, Inc. entered into both an AVC with the Oregon Attorney General and an AOD with the Vermont Attorney General on May 6, 2015.
The health and safety of Vitamin Shoppe customers is the company's number one priority, and the company removed these products out of an abundance of caution. Vitamin Shoppe Inc. continues to encourage the FDA to use its authority to remove any dietary supplements from the market which it deems unsafe.