OxyElite Pro Supplements Recalled

The FDA warns of liver illnesses

The compound aegelin may be the culprit in this case of dietary supplement adulteration.     Photo: monticelllo/Thinkstock

USPLabs LLC has recalled some of its OxyElite Pro dietary supplement products after the FDA threatened to forcibly halt distribution of all suspect products. Recalled items include OxyElite Pro Super Thermo capsules, OxyElite Pro Ultra-Intense Thermo capsules, and OxyElite Pro Super Thermo Powder—as disclosed in a list released by the FDA.

The FDA's suspicion was prompted by the Hawaii Department of Health revealing in September that 58 percent of their patients with liver illnesses had reportedly been taking an OxyElite Pro supplement. As of the end of last month, the number of liver illnesses in the U.S. linked to OxyElite Pro has risen from 27 to 56.

Professionals are not sure which compound in the product might be the cause of the outbreak, although speculation points to aegeline, an ingredient found in an Asian tree, about which little is known. 

“We will continue to work with our state, industry and regulatory partners to prevent such products from reaching the public,” said Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine Michael R. Taylor.

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