GNC voluntarily removes OxyELITE Pro from Hawaii shelves

Move comes despite no scientific, medical evidene that shows product is unsafe

 UPDATED 2:31 PM HST Oct 09, 2013
HONOLULU -

General Nutrition Corporation, also known as GNC, says it is voluntarily removing OxyELITE Pro from sale in Hawaii stores while local health officials investigate a possible link with acute hepatitis and liver failure.

GNC says OxyELITE Pro is a third-party product, distributed by USPlabs, that is widely sold through numerous retailers and Internet sites across the country.

USPlabs warranted to GNC that the product is safe for consumption and compliant with all applicable laws.

GNC says it is not aware of any scientific or medical evidence that establishes that the OxyELITE Pro product is unsafe.

The Hawaii Department of Health is investigation 29 cases of acute hepatitis and liver failure in the islands.  Twenty-four of the cases were linked with OxyELITE Pro.  Of the 29 cases, there has been one death and two liver transplants.

Hawaii health officials asked local retailers on Tuesday to remove the product from shelves.

GNC also clarified that the Food and Drug Administration has not asked USPlabs to recall the OxyELITE Pro product.

Health officials say there may be sanctions later against those who do not abide by the request.

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