U.S. Marshals Seize Ephedrine Dietary Supplement Ingredients

December 7, 2011

FDA says that $70,000 and 4000 lb worth of raw materials were seized.

U.S. Marshals yesterday seized raw-material ingredients containing ephedrine alkaloids, which FDA banned for use in dietary supplements in 2004. The ephedrine ingredients had been imported by Infinity Marketing Group Inc. and were seized in Rancho Dominguez, CA. FDA says that $70,000 and 4000 lb worth of raw materials were seized.

FDA describes ephedrine alkaloids as adrenaline-like stimulants that can be potentially dangerous to the heart. Prior to 2004, ephedrine ingredients were promoted in dietary supplements targeting weight control, sports performance, and energy.

“But available data showed little evidence of the compound’s effectiveness except for modes of short-term weight loss without any clear health benefit, while confirming that the substance raised blood pressure and otherwise stressed the circulatory system. These effects were linked to significant adverse health outcomes, including heart attack, stroke, and death,” FDA states.