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Supplements recalled due to potentially dangerous ingredient

Texas residents who take supplements should be aware of a recent recall by Physique Enhancing Science, also known as PES. The company recently issued a recall for two products: Enhanced, a supplement taken before workouts and Alphamine, a fat burner. An ingredient called aegeline is used in both products and was recently flagged by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration because it may be unsafe.

The FDA first flagged aegeline after many people suffered liver injuries that have been linked to a product sold by a different company. USPlabs' OxyElite Pro was recalled earlier in November. Officials aren't yet sure if aegeline is to blame for the injuries linked to OxyElite Pro or if another ingredient in the supplement is to blame.

PES's recall is of Enhanced lots that were shipped from Feb. 4 to Nov. 5 and Alphamine lots shipped from Sept. 9 to Nov. 12. The company's website has further details about the recall. The company's notice about the recall states that there have been no reports of injuries resulting from the recalled products. Regardless, the company is recalling the products out of caution. The company's webpage for Enhanced states the product has now been discontinued.

Potentially dangerous products, especially ones that are supplements or medications, should be handled with care. The company in this story hopes to avoid any potential injuries to their customers by recalling the products that may contain an unsafe ingredient. However, these products, or others containing the suspect ingredient, still have the potential to hurt people if they are consumed. If someone is injured by these products it may be possible for the victims to recover damages, such as medical expenses, from the company. A personal injury attorney who is experienced in product liability may be able to help these people get the compensation they deserve.

Source: USA TODAY, "Ingredient spurs firm to recall two sports supplements," Alison Young, Nov. 21, 2013

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