New Zealanders have been urged not to take a sports supplement linked to dozens of cases of hepatitis - and one death - in the United States.
Fat-burning supplement OxyELITE Pro has been wiped from shelves around the world after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) linked it to 29 cases of non-viral hepatitis that resulted in one death and two liver transplants in Hawaii.
New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) yesterday issued a warning advising Kiwis to stay away from the substance that can be bought in powder form on the internet and from some stores.
Acting Director-General Scott Gallacher said the MPI was also investigating one case of the illness here that may be linked to the supplement.
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He said MPI was informed of a potential risk last week that was confirmed yesterday.
The products are distributed here by Australian company Flush Fitness and were available on several websites.
Flush Fitness spokesman Nicholas Mercieca said the products sold here were formulated from different ingredients than those under investigation in the United States.