Subjects: Public health
Earlier today, the FDA released a consumer advisory telling users of 14 Hydroxycut weight-loss products to “immediately stop” using them since they may cause jaundice and liver failure.
The regulatory agency has received 23 reports of serious health incidents involving the trendy nutritional supplements, which are also sold as fat burners and energy-enhancers.
One death has been reported, a 19-year-old male.
Hydroxycut products are marketed by Lovate Health Sciences Inc. of Canada. The company agreed to recall the products in question.
The recalled products are: Regular Rapid Release Caplets, Caffeine-Free Rapid Release Caplets, Hardcore Liquid Capsules, Max Liquid Capsules, Regular Drink Packets, Caffeine-Free Drink Packets, Hardcore Drink Packets (Ignition Stix), Max Drink Packets, Liquid Shots, Hardcore RTDs, Max Aqua Shed, 24, Carb Control and Natural.
No one seems to know which ingredients or ingredient combinations are hepatotoxic.
The advisory states that “although the liver damage appears to be relatively rare, the FDA believes consumers should not be exposed to unnecessary risk.”
Lovate claims that millions of people have used its products over the years, that it conducts internal analyses of individual ingredients and that it undertakes extensive medical, scientific and toxicological literature reviews on the safety of the ingredients before releasing each product to market.
Other Hydroxycut products, such as Cleanse and Hoodia, are not being recalled.
Lovate produces more than 750 products and distributes them in 70 countries.