What Is BMPEA? Weight Loss Supplement Ingredient Similar To Amphetamine Comes Under FDA Scrutiny

April 24, 2015 10:01 PM

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What Is BMPEA? Weight Loss Supplement Ingredient Similar To Amphetamine Comes Under FDA Scrutiny

Five makers of weight loss and exercise supplements have been told to stop selling products containing a certain compound whose safety has been called into question. The Food and Drug Administration issued the warning Thursday, alleging that the companies misbranded their products containing beta-methylphenethylamine, an ingredient similar to amphetamine or "speed," as being natural. But FDA lab tests showed no trace of BMPEA in samples of the plant that the compound is said to be derived from.

“While BMPEA was listed as a dietary ingredient on the product labels, the substance does not meet the statutory definition of a dietary ingredient,” the government agency said in a statement. The FDA defines “dietary ingredient” as a vitamin, mineral, herb or amino acid used to supplement a regular...

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