Australia and NZ add to OxyElite Pro’s global woes

By Shane Starling

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Australia and NZ add to OxyElite Pro’s global woes
Australia and New Zealand have jointly issued a warning against pre-workout sports supplement OxyElite Pro following its links to an outbreak of acute non-viral hepatitis in Hawaii that killed one person and affected 29.

One case of acute non-viral hepatitis has been linked to the product in New Zealand, according to the country's government.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a similar warning​ this month and is engaged in an ongoing investigation of the matter, while US-based manufacturer USPLabs has defended its product, saying the hepatitis link, if proven, was not down to its products, but those produced by counterfeiters the company has long been fighting.

The Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) warning follows similar actions​ taken this week by authorities in the UK, Spain and Denmark.

FSANZ alerted health authorities to look out for cases of acute non-viral hepatitis with symptoms including, “fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, clay coloured bowel movements, joint pain, yellow eyes, and jaundice.”

“Extreme caution”

FSANZ CEO Steve McCutcheon highlighted the typically online nature of the product sales and the increased potential for product fraud on the internet.

“Consumers need to exercise caution when using any dietary supplement and should do so under medical supervision,”​ he said.

“People also need to be particularly careful about purchasing products online. Online products can have unsafe ingredients and consumers can’t be certain they are getting legitimate products.”

“FSANZ will continue to liaise with health authorities and food regulatory agencies on the investigation and will update its advice to consumers as necessary.”

In New Zealand, the acting director general of the Minister for Primary Industries, Scott Gallacher, said the ministry, “is working with the FDA and FSANZ to obtain additional information.”

It added: “MPI is aware of one non-viral hepatitis case in New Zealand, with no current cause, arising in a consumer of OxyElite products.”

An investigation into that case is ongoing.

In its warning letter to USPLabs the FDA questioned the alleged botanical source of the active ingredient, aegeline, also referred to as N-[2-hydroxy-2(4-methoxyphenyl) ethyl]-3-phenyl-2-propenamide, which it said lacked approval in the US.

DNP

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) this week also increased attention via a consumer warning on the industrial chemical DNP, that is being used as a pre-workout aid. That action was welcomed by the European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA).

“The Food Standards Agency’s campaign against DNP is very welcome,” ​said ESSNA general secretary, Chris Whitehouse.

“DNP is a chemical, plain and simple. It has nothing to do with either sport or nutrition, and should not be available to the public in any form. It is unacceptable that products containing DNP are available over the internet, and we hope the FSA’s campaign will help crack down on sites that are peddling illegal products that could potentially put consumers’ lives at risk.”

“We urge all consumers to be very careful about the content of the products they are purchasing, to stick to legitimate sports nutrition products, and make sure they are buying from reputable retailers and manufacturers.”

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OxyElite Pro

Posted by Marc,

Hi,

Can I be the first to not recommend oxy elite pro. I won't lie it is effective in weight loss and sweating and energy, but (and its a big but), so I will share my personal story with it.

I was very fit about 5 years ago and I started taking this supplement and I was excersizing heavily at the time. I was very fit prior to taking this supplement. After taking it for about 2 months after a workout session my heart rate didn't drop. It stayed over 120 for hours, and I had to go to hospital because I was having heart palpitations. I was taking the product within the recommended parameters, and had no health issues.

There is no doubt in my mind that this is the cause. Later I got diagnosed with Sinus Tachychardia. It has taken me over 5 years to get back into shape because after this episode I was afraid to excersize. I am lucky that this caused no irreversible damage, but needless to say I have taken beta blockers occasionally if my heart rate goes too high. Let me just advise what I feel. If you want to loose weight excersize. If you want to be fit and healthy, you need a good diet. good practices and to excersize regularly. You can do it all naturally. Don't rely on some chemical stuff as a quick fix, because you are only cheating yourself, and in answer to your question. It is dangerous. It is not healthy. Ask any doctor, they will tell you. The companies don't want you to think this, cause they won't buy their product. It is basically speed in a bottle.

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oxyelite pro

Posted by Alison,

I have been given a bottle of the oxylite pro super i am wondering if it is still safe or if they are still dangerous.
what is the ingredient in this product that is dangerous, i read it was DNAA but the bottle i have does not have it in.
Thanks for your help

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