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Monday, January 23, 2012
Dietary supplement pulled from AAFES subject of Calif. lawsuit
Revelations that the weight-loss and bodybuilding supplement DMAA might be linked to two soldier deaths and serious health problems in others have resulted in litigaiton.
The suit was filed on behalf of California consumers following a report on the soldier deaths by Stars and Stripes and it claims Dallas-based USPlabs sold fitness supplements containing the amphetamine-like substance even though they are dangerous and ineffective.
Supplements containing DMAA are still widely available to the public, but last month the military pulled at least 18 of the popular fitness products from store shelves around the world, and the Army launched an ongoing safety review after mounting evidence of health problems and two deadly heart attacks among soldiers training at an unnamed Army base in the southwest.
The USPlabs marketing about the safety of its supplements Jack3d and OxyElite Pro is “false and misleading,” according to the complaint filed by Ferrell in California district court Dec. 19. As evidence, the lawsuit cites a Department of Defense statement published just days earlier in Stars and Stripes saying that DMAA might be linked to death, organ damage, seizures, loss of consciousness, heat injury and muscle breakdown among servicemembers.