AAFES pulls weight loss, bodybuilding supplement from shelves
By STARS AND STRIPES Published: December 5, 2011
UPDATED DEC. 5, 3:25 P.M. EST
CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Weight-loss and bodybuilding supplements containing a popular new stimulant were pulled off the shelves at Army and Air Force Exchange Service stores over the weekend due to concerns they could be related to soldier deaths, according to the Defense Logistics Agency.
The drug DMAA, which is an extract of the geranium plant with the chemical names 13 dimethylamylamine and methylhexanamine, triggered the recall of 18 athletic supplements sold worldwide in General Nutrition Centers shops by AAFES, the agency said Saturday in a recall alert.
“Even though GNC believes DMAA is safe, it has complied fully with the Army’s precautionary request to remove products containing DMAA, as it is contractually obligated to do, from GNC stores on Army and Air Force bases,” GNC spokesman Greg Miller said.
Miller said that the Food and Drug Administration has never questioned the safety of DMAA and that GNC officials have requested the opportunity to meet with the Defense Department to discuss the recall.
An AAFES investigation of the drug was under way, the logistics agency said, but no additional information was immediately available Monday on soldier deaths and any suspected connections to DMAA.
DMAA was developed decades ago as a nasal decongestant but has recently become popular as a recreational drug and an additive in athletic supplements with names such as Hemo Rage Black, Muscle Warfare Napalm and Nitric Blast.
Forms of the stimulant were recently banned by Major League Baseball and the World Anti-Doping Agency, the international body that regulates drug use in sports.
From staff reports