Irish consumers are being warned not to take certain food supplements following revelations that they are linked to liver disorders.
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) and the Irish Medicines Board (IMB) say people should stay away from a number of food supplements that can pose serious health risks and that have been identified for sale in the Irish retail sector and through online sources.
OxyELITE Pro Super
Today the groups jointly stated that four products from the OxyElite Pro range should not be purchased or taken by anyone. They include the following OxyELITE Pro Super - Thermo capsules
The named products and others in the OxyELITE Pro range, have been associated with severe liver disorders, including hepatitis and liver failure, with one case reported in Ireland to date.
It's understood that they contain an ingredient known as 'Aegeline' and are being investigated in the US where a large number of cases of non-viral hepatitis have been reported, including one fatality and some people requiring liver transplants.
Ray Ellard, Director of Consumer Protection, FSAI alerted the retail sector to immediately remove these products from sale. Anyone who has these products at home is advised not to consume them and to dispose of them.
“Outlets, such as gyms, sports supplement retailers and businesses selling supplements from websites are being asked to remove these products from sale and to clearly display a point-of-sale notice if they sold the products in the past,” Ellard said.
“People are taking a serious risk by taking these products. We know that OxyELITE Pro has, in the past, contained another unsafe ingredient and is now linked as a possible cause of acute hepatitis."
He also said that consumers should not purchase any of the products online as there was no guarantee of their safety or what they actually contained.
According to John Lynch, Director of Compliance for the IMB, anyone who may have consumed these products and has concerns about their health should seek medical advice. He also noted that some of these products have, in the past, included a medicinal active substance rendering those packs illegal medicines in Ireland.
“People are advised that, if they are feeling any ill effects after taking any of these products, they should contact their doctor and, if possible, present the product in question. We believe people are seeking these products for a number of reasons including weight loss, energy boosting and muscle building."
Mr Lynch said the IMB are seriously urge people not to buy or consume the products as they can cause a significant risk to your health.
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