Government health officials are announcing the recall of popular weight loss pill Hydroxycut, after reports of liver damage and other health problems. FDA officials said Friday the manufacturer of Hydroxycut has launched a nationwide recall of the dietary supplement, used by people trying to shed pounds and by body builders to sharpen their muscles. Hydroxycut is advertised as made from natural ingredients. It accounts for about 90 percent of the market for weight loss supplements, with sales of about 1 million bottles a year.
The public has to keep in mind when considering using these “dietary supplements” that they are not approved by the FDA. Consequently, the consumer is relying solely on the manufacturer’s representation that the product is safe. Such reliance is a mistake. In many cases, the manufacturer has not properly tested the product to ensure that it is safe for human consumption.