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Two US senators - Dick Durbin of Illinois and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut - have reintroduced legislation that would "require supplement makers to register new products with the FDA within 30 days and include a list of all ingredients plus a copy of the label," in the wake of reports that Craze, described as a "pre-workout powder," contains amphetamine-like substances.

At the same time, Walmart has pulled Craze from its website, saying that it will "allow us time to look further into not only the safety of the product, but also the integrity of the supplier." Craze was only sold by Walmart online, not in its stores.

USA Today instigated these moves with an investigative report last week saying that "tests of Craze by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and a Swedish national lab have found amphetamine and other amphetamine-like compounds." The company that makes Craze, Driven Sports, is reportedly owned by a man named Matt Cahill, who is described by the paper this way:

"Craze is the latest in a series of products Cahill has put on the market, including weight-loss pills made from a highly toxic chemical pesticide banned from human consumption and a designer steroid linked to serious liver damage. Cahill was convicted in 2005 of felony charges for the sale of the weight-loss pills and served a two-year prison sentence. He's currently facing a federal criminal charge for selling another dietary supplement, Rebound XT, that prosecutors allege contained an unapproved new drug."

Driven Sports has denied any wrongdoing.

The USA Today piece notes that "under current laws, dietary supplements -- including vitamins and herbal remedies -- are treated like foods and assumed to be all-natural and safe. They do not require testing or approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration before being sold. Registration would give the FDA an early warning when supplement makers start selling products listing unusual ingredients."

While Democratic Senators Durbin and Blumenthal are calling for new regulations, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) a member of the Congressional Dietary Supplement Caucus, says that all that is needed is better enforcement of existing regulations, not new regulations. And Frank Lampe, vp at the United Natural Products Alliance, agrees: "FDA has full regulatory power to take products that are illegally sold off the market immediately."
KC's View:
I have no idea if current laws are sufficient or not. What I do know is that any system that allows companies like this to market products like these has a major flaw in it. And somebody ought to fix it. Fast.