GNC destroys 1,542 cases of products to satisfy Pittsburgh federal prosecutor

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GNC has destroyed 1,542 cases of exercise enhancement products and federal prosecutors have moved to withdraw a complaint to seize them, according to a filing in U.S. District Court today.

U.S. Attorney David Hickton's office filed the complaint a month ago, demanding the destruction of products held at GNC's Leetsdale warehouse and marketed as Jack3d and OxyELITE Pro.

The products were made by Texas-based USPlabs and contain DMAA, short for dimethylamylamine.

In April, the Food and Drug Administration determined that DMAA "can elevate blood pressure and could lead to cardiovascular problems, including heart attack, shortness of breath and tightening of the chest," and declared exercise enhancements containing the compound illegal.

On July 9 and 10, GNC destroyed the products, in the presence of an FDA representative, according to the notice dismissing the complaint.

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Rich Lord: rlord@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1542 and on Twitter: @richelord.


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