September 8, 2001 |
Starbucks Corp.'s Tazo Chai tea might contain a bigger jolt than customers expect, according to a lawsuit filed by a consumer-interest group. The Council for Education and Research on Toxics sued the largest specialty-coffee retailer in the U.S., claiming its Tazo Chai tea contains the stimulant ephedrine. Starbucks said "there is no basis for the claims" and ephedrine has never been an ingredient in any company product. The herbal compound often is used by dieters to enhance metabolism.
April 11, 1996 |
The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday warned consumers against buying or taking dietary supplements containing ephedrine, such as Herbal Ecstasy, saying that the stimulant has been linked to 15 deaths and hundreds of adverse reactions. The FDA issued the alert against only those products advertised as alternatives to street drugs aimed at young people, such as "ecstasy," that promise euphoria, heightened sexual awareness and enhanced athletic performance.
August 22, 2001 |
Each day before he works out at a Fullerton gym, running back P.J. McNiff swallows a pair of Max Lean capsules. Soon after, his heart begins to beat faster, energy surging as he lifts weights to get in shape for the high school football season. The dietary supplement, recommended to him by fellow body builders, contains ephedrine, an amphetamine-like compound. Although some question its safety, NcNiff, 18, does not.
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September 7, 2001 |
Legislation aimed at banning the sale of ephedrine-containing dietary supplements to children--and at strengthening warning labels on the products--ran aground Thursday in the face of opposition by manufacturers and a union representing retail clerks. The bill by Sen. Jackie Speier (D-Hillsborough) stalled in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. Assemblywoman Carole Migden (D-San Francisco), who heads the panel, said the measure will probably not be revived until next year.
September 7, 2001 |
The dietary supplement ephedrine contributed to the heart attack death last month of a semi-pro football player, a finding likely to intensify a national debate about the safety of the over-the-counter substance used by many athletes. Curt Jones, 34, a former three-sport star at San Pedro High who lived in Utah, was one of 12 football players whose deaths this year raised nationwide awareness about supplement use and the rigors of the game.
August 14, 2001 |
Almost 60% of student-athletes surveyed by the NCAA have used nutritional supplements, according to a report released Monday. The NCAA also found that use of ephedrine, a stimulant with potentially dangerous side effects, is rising.