FSAI issues urgent recall on Falcon Labs weight loss products
The Food Safety Authority has issued an urgent recall on the Falcon Labs range of supplements sold in gyms and health stores across Ireland, due to the discovery of illegal steroids in it, which make it unsafe for human consumption.
9 March 2018 | 0
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has initiated a recall of all Falcon Labs dietary supplements, due to the presence of illegal steroids and stimulants that pose a serious health risk to consumers and also because the location of its production site cannot be determined, making its traceability unknown.
The FSAI has said it advises consumers not to purchase or consume any Falcon Labs products as they are “unfit for human consumption”. It is also instructing distributors, retailers and online sellers to remove these products from sale immediately. The Health Service Executive’s environmental health officers (EHOs), working on behalf of the FSAI, will be inspecting businesses to ensure that any Falcon Labs products found are seized, removed and detained.
FSAI officers took possession of Falcon labs products from a range of food supplements and sports nutrition shops, gyms and online suppliers across the country. The products were sent to the State Laboratory for official testing for a range of illegal steroids and stimulants. Following tests by the FSAI in the State Laboratory, Falcon Labs was discovered to contain 1,3-Dimethylamylamine (also known as methylhexaneamine MHA). Methasterone was detected in Falcon Labs Superdrive. 1,3-DMAA, which can cause a temporary increase of blood pressure, was not declared as an ingredient on any of the products and Methasterone (recognised in a number of cases of liver damage) was misspelt on the label of the product in which it was detected. Neither substance is permitted in food.
According to Dr Pamela Byrne, chief executive, FSAI, any consumer who has taken these products and may be feeling unwell should seek immediate medical advice.
“We are advising all consumers who may have these Falcon Labs products not to consume them,” Dr. Byrne said. “These products are likely to contain illegal steroids and stimulants that are not safe for consumption and anyone taking them is taking a serious risk of jeopardising their health.
“We know from our investigation that the business address printed on the product label and on supplier invoices is not genuine,” she added. “We are asking consumers who purchased any of these products to let us know where they purchased them, so that we can ensure all stock is removed from sale.
“In addition, anyone who may have information on who the supplier is can let us know confidentially by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.”