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PES recalls two supplements due to ingredient flagged by FDA

Texas workout enthusiasts might want to note that the company Physique Enhancing Science recalled two of its nutritional offerings. PES recalled some lots of Enhanced, a supplement used before workouts, and the advertised fat-burner Alphamine for possibly being dangerous products. The supplements contained an ingredient, aegeline, that federal regulators claim lacks evidence of being safe. PES stated that Enhanced was being reformulated, and the updated product is expected to be released in January.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration came to the conclusion that aegeline is possibly dangerous after an investigation into liver problems allegedly caused by USPlab's weight-loss supplement OxyElite Pro. Although authorities said that it wasn't clear if it was the aegeline in OxyElite Pro that caused the organ injuries, the company recently announced a product recall. In PES's recall notice, customers who had purchased Enhanced between February and November were asked to return the product.

The PES announcement stated that the company had not received reports of any seriously adverse effects from either Enhance or Alphamine, but it was conducting the recall out of an abundance of caution since aegeline is unapproved as a new dietary ingredient by the FDA. It was not known whether the federal agency had anything to do with the PES move, but nothing regarding the recall had appeared on the agency's website.

Dangerous products are often subject to a product recall by their manufacturers, but sometimes a defective product goes out in the marketplace and causes a consumer injury or illness. The U.S. justice system allows individuals who have suffered due to the actions of a negligent manufacturer to seek compensation for their damages by filing a legal claim.

Source: USA Today, "Ingredient spurs firm to recall two sports supplements", Alison Young, November 21, 2013

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