November 06, 2015

As you’re probably aware, the federal government regulates the dietary supplement industry. Departments like the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) and the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) govern what ingredients supplement companies can and can’t use in their products, and what companies can and can’t say about their products.

According to a new lawsuit brought by the Oregon Attorney General’s Office, GNC has been allegedly selling products that contain ingredients banned by the FDA. This is a big deal because of the potential risks and harm such products can cause consumers. Not only is GNC selling products with banned ingredients, but also doing so while ignoring multiple FDA warning letters.

The FDA sent letters warning dietary supplement manufacturers that selling products containing the ingredients picamilon and BMPEA, which is similar to amphetamine and banned by the World Anti-Doping Organization, is illegal, and that companies must remove these ingredients from their products. Subsequently, many of the products containing these ingredients were taken off the market or reformulated.

However, according to the Oregon Attorney General’s Office, GNC broke the law by “misrepresenting that various products that GNC sold in Oregon were lawful dietary supplements when in fact those products were adulterated and unlawful because they contained either picamilon or BMPEA, dangerous ingredients that do not meet the legal definition of a dietary ingredient and may not be lawfully used in dietary supplements.”

Of course, The Man doesn’t take his lumps like a man, so GNC turned its nose up at the Oregon Attorney General’s Office by denying the accusations despite allegedly continuing to sell 22 workout and fat-burning supplement products containing illegal ingredients.

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When choosing a supplement, educating yourself on its ingredients is vital. That’s why at BlackMarket, we support locally owned nutrition stores. Their owners are knowledgeable about supplements, and help educate customers about which products and ingredients are safe, and which ones best meet their needs and goals. These owners put people first by serving them with caring guidance.

So, the next time you consider buying supplements from a store, ask yourself which one you trust—the cold-blooded box store, or the locally owned nutrition shop whose owner has your best interest at heart.