Deadly Bodybuilding Supplement Pulled Off Wal-Mart Shelves

Craze Pre-Workout SupplementInteresting news today… Wal-Mart yanked the pre-workout supplement “Craze” from its online shelves due to the product creator’s shady history. USA Today reports:

Wal-Mart spokeswoman Dianna Gee said the company pulled Craze, a pre-workout powder, off its retail website Thursday after the investigation showed that the product’s maker, Matt Cahill, has a history of putting risky supplements on the market.

Turns out, Cahill’s so-called “health” supplements have actually been harmful to some…

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.

BodyBuilding.com gave Craze the 2012 New Supplement of the Year award. Yet Craze’s detractors claim it contains amphetamines.

Of course, the reaction so far has been predictable.

The government is using this case as an excuse to push for more FDA regulations. Cahill claims that his product is “clean” and that this is all part of a smear campaign being carried out by competitors who’ve manipulated lab test results.

So what do you think?

Should Wal-Mart have yanked the product?

Should the FDA further regulate an already highly regulated industry?

Or is this all an overreaction?

Leave a comment and let me know your thoughts.

-Ryan M. Healy

Ryan M. Healy

Ryan Healy is a financial copywriter and the author of Speed Writing for Nonfiction Writers. Since 2002, he has worked with scores of clients, including Agora Financial, Lombardi Publishing, and Contrarian Profits. He writes a popular blog about copywriting, advertising, and business growth, has been featured in publications like Feed Front magazine, and has been published on sites like WordStream.com, SmallBizClub.com, and MarketingForSuccess.com.

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