U.S. Marshals in Norcross GA, acting at the request of the FDA, seized $2 million in dietary supplements from Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. According to the FDA, the products contained 1, 3-Dimethylamylamine HCl (DMAA) or its chemical equivalent.
DMAA is an unapproved food additive that is deemed unsafe and thus illegal under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. In 2012, the FDA issued warning letters to companies telling them that products containing DMAA either needed to be removed from the market or reformulated without DMAA.
During inspections of Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals that began last October, investigators found 11 products that were labeled as containing DMAA or its chemical equivalent, including Black Widow, ECA XTREME, FASTIN, FASTIN-XR, Lipodrene, Lipodrene HARDCORE, Lipodrene XR, Lipodrene XTREME, LIPOTHERM, Stimerex-ES, and YELLOW SCORPION. The investigators also found bulk DMAA raw ingredients at the facility.
In total, more than 1,500 cases of finished product and more than 1,200 pounds of in-process and raw material goods were taken.