Via usatoday.com- Karen Weintraub
A handful of weight-loss and sports supplements contain a never-before-tested ingredient that’s closely related to amphetamines – not the plant extract indicated on their label, according to a Harvard-led study published online today by the journal Drug Testing and Analysis.
The products, sold under names like JetFuel T-300, Fastin-XR and Black Widow, contain chemicals similar to amphetamines, which can trigger stroke, heart attack or even death, said Pieter Cohen, the lead researcher and an assistant professor atHarvard Medical School.
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Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. of Norcross, Ga., which makes many of the questionable products and uses the motto “found in nature, backed by science,” did not return several phone calls.
The Council for Responsible Nutrition, a Washington, DC-based trade association representing the dietary supplement industry, described the problem products as a “very small sliver of the industry,” and agreed with Cohen that the faulty labeling and inclusion of the chemical is unacceptable. Read full article…
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