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Ephedra Ban Approaching

Mar 30, 2004 |

El Pasoans who use fat burners with Ephedra are running out of time.

And some nutrition stores are seeing the effects of an FDA ban first hand.

Ephedra is an ingredient that the Food and Drug Administration says isn't worth the risk to the public health.

The Food and Drug Administration finalized the ban on the sale of Ephedra last February.

And as of April 12th it will be illegal to sell any dietary supplements containing Ephedrine.

This comes after the FDA issued a consumer alert warning the public about the risks and side effects associated with Ephedra.

And local nutrition stores are already seeing their customers react to the ban.

Paul Estrada, ATP Nutrition Center, says, "A lot of people are very upset. A lot of us even here at the stores have written to our congress persons and people like that to try and maybe persuade them otherwise and stuff like that. But a lot of people are upset. Some people are I guess happy about it, but I think mainly because they're unaware of what the Ephedra can really help them out with."

Paul says that when April 12th rolls around his store will probably have to send any remaining fat burners with Ephedra back to the manufacturer.

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