The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that USPlabs LLC (Dallas, TX) is recalling certain OxyElite Pro dietary supplement products that the company markets. The company took this action after receiving a letter from the FDA stating that the products have been linked to liver illnesses and that there is a reasonable probability that the products are adulterated. The products involved in the recall include:
OxyElite Pro Super Thermo Capsules
• 2-ct. (UPC #094922417275)
• 10-ct. (UPCs #094922417251 and #094922417268)
• 21-ct. (UPC #094922426604)
• 90-ct. (UPC #094922395573)
• 90-ct. “Pink label” (UPC #094922447906)
• 180-ct. (UPC #094922447852)
OxyElite Pro Ultra-Intense Thermo Capsules
• 3-ct. (UPCs #094922447883 and #094922447876)
• 90-ct. (UPC #094922395627)
• 180-ct. (UPC #094922447869)
OxyElite Pro Super Thermo Powder
• Fruit Punch 0.15-oz. (UPCs #094922417237 and #094922447517)
• Fruit Punch 4.6-oz. (UPC #094922426369)
• Fruit Punch 5-oz. (UPC #094922447487)
• Blue Raspberry 4.6-oz. (UPC #094922426376)
• Grape Bubblegum 4.6-oz. (UPC #094922447500)
• Green Apple 4.6-oz. (UPC #094922426499)
In a letter dated November 6, 2013, the FDA notified USPlabs about findings indicating a link between the use of the above listed OxyElite Pro products and a number of liver illnesses reported in Hawaii. The FDA also noted that cases of liver damage after use of these OxyElite Pro products had been found in a number of other states.
In a review of 46 medical records submitted to the FDA by the Hawaii Department of Health, the records indicated that 27 patients (58 percent) had taken a dietary supplement labeled as OxyElite Pro prior to becoming ill. Seventeen of the 27 patients (63 percent) reported that OxyElite Pro was the only dietary supplement they were taking. One death has occurred among these patients, another patient has required a liver transplant and others await liver transplants.
In addition to the products being recalled, the FDA continues to advise consumers not to use any dietary supplements labeled OxyElite. Retailers should advise consumers who believe they have been harmed by using a dietary supplement to contact their health care practitioner.
Retailers can also direct consumers to contact USPlabs at (800) 890-3067 or email@example.com.
Douglas Laboratories (Pittsburgh, PA), maker of Klean Athlete NSF Certified for Sport nutritional supplements for athletes, has announced the search for eight endurance athletes of all levels who embrace a clean lifestyle through healthy living and training to become the first KleanTeam USA Ambassador Athletes.
Klean Athlete has taken the initiative to start an ambassador program in support of athletes who embody Klean Athlete values—training naturally to reach their peak performance through optimal health. Applications for the first KleanTeam USA will be available from November 15 to December 15 at www.kleanathlete.com. Applicants must complete an entry form, demonstrate hard work, athletic integrity, dedication, positive attitude and natural training, and are suggested to submit a race resume, 2014 race schedule and photo.
“At Klean Athlete, we understand the pride and hard work that goes into athletic training, and the importance of choosing supplementation that will support fitness goals,” said Timothy Monk, Douglas Laboratories’ senior vice president of sales and marketing for Klean Athlete. “We are ecstatic to have the opportunity to select our first KleanTeam USA Ambassador Athletes for 2014, and highlight a group that serves as role models dedicated to training naturally.”
Once chosen, Klean Team USA will represent Klean Athlete in 2014 in an effort to support, promote, educate and generate conversation on the vision of the Klean Athlete brand. Chosen Ambassador Athletes will receive a complete Klean Athlete tri kit, cycling jersey, Klean Athlete swag and a monthly stipend for Klean Athlete nutritional supplements.
For more information, call (855) 255 KLEAN or visit www.kleanathlete.com.
Dag Falck, organic program manager for Nature’s Path Foods (Richmond, BC, Canada), has been named the new Board President of the Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA).
“I am looking forward to this opportunity to help lead our community at this time,” said Falck. “COTA’s research shows our market has tripled to $3 billion a year, while exports continue to grow. We want to ensure our strict government-enforced organic standards continue to build consumer confidence here at home, while opening new opportunities in other markets.”
Falck is in the third year of his term with COTA, and brings decades of experience as an industry leader, organic inspector and food manufacturer to COTA’s diverse membership.
The other officers elected by the COTA Board of Directors are: Ryan Benn of Alive Publishing Group (Richmond, BC, Canada) as vice president, Kelly Monaghan of Ash Street Organics (Toronto, ON, Canada) as secretary, and Mike Fata of Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods (Winnipeg, MB, Canada) as treasurer.
Other members of the current board include Martin LeMoine of Fruits d’Or (Villeroy, QC, Canada), Lisa Mumm of Mumm’s Sprouting Seeds (Parkside, SK, Canada) and Dwayne Smith of Grainworks, Inc. (Vulcan, AB, Canada). Newly elected to the board is Maureen Kirkpatrick of The Big Carrot (Toronto, ON, Canada).
Both Falck and Benn will also bring the Canadian perspective to the Organic Trade Association (OTA) in Washington, D.C. as sitting members of the OTA Board of Directors.
“COTA is delighted to have these very committed and capable individuals serve on the Board,” said COTA Executive Director Matthew Holmes. “The organic sector has always had a value-chain approach, and we’re stronger by having the perspective of farmers, processors, traders, retailers, inspectors,and consumers come together to guide COTA in the next phase of growth.”
For more information, visit www.ota.com/otacanada.html.
Kyolic® Aged Garlic Extract™, Red Yeast Rice and CoQ10 from Wakunaga of America (Mission Viejo, CA) combine three powerful ingredients: organically grown red yeast rice, odorless aged garlic extract from organic raw garlic and CoQ10, which create a synergistic effect to enhance the body’s natural ability to maintain healthy cholesterol levels and support overall heart health. For more information, call (949) 855-2776 or visit www.