As of today, the US Government has charged diet supplement makers USPlabs LLC for the undisclosed ingredients used in their nutritional diet supplements.
The indictment filed by the US Justice Department focuses on mainly the Jack3d work out supplement and the OxyElite Pro weight-loss supplement, both products being manufactured by the USPlabs LLC based in Dallas. The company did not reveal to retailers how these two diet supplements contained synthetic Chinese stimulants, claiming that the two only contained natural ingredients.
These dietary supplements have led to serious liver injury, some advanced cases even requiring live transplants, due to the OxyElite Pro Advanced Formula. After being charged with these cases, the company rushed to sell its inventory despite claiming to stop the marketing of these two products completely, accounting for over 400 million dollars that the company made in sales during the 2008 to 2013 period.
Because of the findings at USPlabs, the Justice Department has switched focus to other supplement makers. The possibility of undisclosed ingredients existing in the dietary supplements Americans ingest on a daily basis is fairly high.
Within a year, The US Justice Department, backed by the FDA and the FTC, has closed over one hundred dietary supplement distributors and suppliers due to various reasons.
One of the major problems that come with the use of dietary supplements is the fact that they are insufficiently regulated and control because they are not considered either a drug or a sort of food. This might be the reason why manufacturers often choose to add synthetics, which are cheaper and more effective than natural ingredients, but pose a much higher threat to health. That is if you consider them working in the first place, some of the work-out and diet supplements, ranging from liquid to dust form, being nothing more than placeboes.
Even though the FDA has some authority over dietary supplements, they do not regulate them as severely as they do with prescription drugs. But this might change in the future, due to the rise in popularity that these types of drugs are starting to have. Because even if they are just supplements, they are still just drugs that you need to take on a regular basis in order for their effect to show, either during workout, or before a meal, their use being extremely widespread throughout the nation (more than 50% of Americans use supplements).
With the news that the US Government has charged diet supplement makers, maybe now the FDA will take the matter more seriously when it comes to workout, weight-loss or diet supplements.