FDA Recalls Hydroxycut Products – 23 Liver Injuries and One Death

May 1, 2009

Today, partners at Fears & Nachawati Law Firm learned the FDA has recalled Hydroxycut products, popular dietary supplements used for weight loss.  FDA reports indicate that there has been at least one death and 23 Liver injuries linked to the products.  The Hydroxycut products are commonly used as fat burners or energy boosters.  which are also used as energy enhancers and as fat burners.  The 14 Hydroxycut products are manufactured by Lovate Health Sciences Inc. of Oakville, Ontario, and distributed by Lovate Health Sciences USA Inc. of Blasdell, New York.

The company is voluntarily recalling the following products: Hydroxycut Regular Rapid Release Caplets, Hydroxycut Caffeine-Free Rapid Release Caplets, Hydroxycut Hardcore Liquid Caplets, Hydroxycut Max Liquid Caplets, Hydroxycut Regular Drink Packets, Hydroxycut Caffeine-Free Drink Packets, Hydroxycut Hardcore Drink Packets (Ignition Stix), Hydroxycut Max Drink Packets, Hydroxycut Liquid Shots, Hydroxycut Hardcore RTDs (Ready-to-Drink), Hydroxycut Max Aqua Shed, Hydroxycut 24, Hydroxycut Carb Control and Hydroxycut Natural.

Last year alone, Lovate sold more than 9 million units of Hydroxycut products, which were distributed widely to grocery stores, health food stores and pharmacies.

Although reports of liver damage is rare, common sypmtoms include brown urine, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, stomach pain, itching and light-colored stools.

The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 required manufacturers to ensure a supplement to be safe before marketing. But manufacturers still don’t need to register a product with the FDA or get approval before selling a supplement.

A link to the recall can be read here:  http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2009/NEW02006.html.

Additional Hydroxycut or legal information can be directed to our office toll free 1.866.705.7584 or mn@fnlawfirm.com.  The attorneys of Fears Nachawati look forward to a prompt and thorough investigation in connection with any consumers harmed by these dangerous supplements.

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