Check cupboards for banned goods

Sports enthusiasts are urged to check the labels of any supplements they may still have in their cupboard, after the harmful ingredient DMAA was banned in Tasmania today.

It is now illegal to sell, supply, possess and use DMAA (or 1,3-dimethylamylamine), which is used in some pre-workout sports supplements.

State Manager Environmental Health Stuart Heggie said DMAA has been linked with various adverse health effects, including high blood pressure, headaches, vomiting, cerebral haemorrhage, stroke and death in Australia and overseas.

“Following a decision by the Therapeutic Goods Administration, we have been working with retailers in Tasmania to immediately remove any product containing DMAA from sale,” Mr Heggie said.

“These foods are marketed to help sports people achieve nutritional or performance goals, but in actual fact can be harmful.”

Tasmanians are advised to dispose of any products containing DMAA they still have stored at home.

The banned chemical DMAA may also be named in the ingredients list as:

  • methlyhexaneamine
  • forthane
  • 4 methyl-2-amino-4-methlyhexane
  • geranamine (including geranium oil, geranium root or geranaburn).

Anyone who has consumed these products and is concerned about health risks should consult their doctor.

For more information go to www.publichealthalerts.tas.gov.au or call the Public Health hotline on 1800 671 738.