July 10, 2012 — The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) is requesting that companies stop selling products containing DMAA (1,3 dimethylamylamine), a synthetic stimulant drug that has been linked to serious health risks. They are also requesting local inspectors to check stores for products containing DMAA and alert the FSAI if they are found. Furthermore, the FSAI says that customers who own supplements containing DMAA should not use them, and should immediately dispose of the products.
In a statement, the FSAI said: “Food business operators, particularly sport and health stores and Irish based internet sales companies are requested to remove any food supplements or products containing DMAA from sale.”
Ireland joins the U.K., Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the U.S. in restricting sales of DMAA. The regulatory actions have been prompted by dozens of reports of serious adverse reactions to products containing the drug. The FSAI said, “It can cause high blood pressure, nausea, cerebral hemorrhage, stroke and in serious cases can be fatal.” Furthermore, “There are several documented cases of severe negative effects on the heart and brain which indicate that consumption of DMAA, especially in combination with caffeine, poses a significant risk to consumer health.”
In the U.S., two soldiers who died of heart attacks during exercise were found to have DMAA in their bloodstream. The deaths prompted the Department of Defense to ban sales of the drug on military bases, and also sparked action from the FDA. After the FDA took action, several European countries also moved to restrict sales of the products.
The FSAI named the following products in the notice, but there are many more:
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- Lipo-6 Black
However, DMAA may be an ingredient in approximately 200 different dietary supplements, mostly used for weight-loss or body-building. The drug has a stimulant effect, similar to amphetamines but much weaker. Products containing DMAA are mostly sold in supplement stores and over the internet. The products are mostly marketed toward workout enthusiasts as a pre-workout energy booster.
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