The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned the makers of eight dietary supplements that their products contain a potentially dangerous stimulant called BMPEA, The New York Times reports.
At least three U.S. senators and a team of researchers have been urging the FDA to remove BMPEA from the market. In 2013, the agency tested 21 workout and weight-loss supplements that listed acacia rigidula among their ingredients, and found nine of the products contained BMPEA. The FDA did not release the names of the products or warn consumers about the risk, the article notes.
A study published earlier this month found BMPEA in 11 of 21 supplements that listed acacia rigidula as an ingredient. Dr. Pieter Cohen of Harvard Medical School, who led the study, said companies were adding the stimulant and hiding it under the name of a rare plant to make it appear the chemical was a natural botanical extract.