Target: Joseph M. Fortunato, CEO of GNC
Goal: Stop selling Jack3d, a deadly workout supplement
Despite 86 reports of serious health problems just since 2008 including five deaths, GNC is still selling Jack3d (pronounced Jacked), a workout supplement containing the deadly ingredient Dimethylamylamine, or DMAA for short. Although the FDA has issued warnings against the ingredient urging manufacturers to take it out of their products, USP Labs, which manufactures Jack3d, is not legally obligated to do so. Continuing to sell a product knowing it has been linked to multiple deaths is irresponsible, and an action that GNC should be ashamed of.
DMAA is a lab-created ingredient that has an amphetamine-like effect on the human body. Reported side effects include anxiety, vomiting, chest pain, loss of consciousness, and death. It has caused the death of two soldiers in the U.S. Military alone, resulting in their banning of the substance on military bases. DMAA has also been banned in nine other countries, including the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia.
Members of the FDA’s division of dietary supplements programs, as well as the President of the Council for Responsible Nutrition are concerned and feel strongly that the supplement industry should comply with the issued warnings. Unfortunately, the FDA is exempt from pre-market approval of dietary supplements, and therefore has little legal influence over whether DMAA is removed from products. In spite of consumer warnings, Jack3d remains a hot seller on GNC’s website.
Any supplement that has the potential to kill a consumer should not be sold in stores. Jack3d is a popular product that has serious health consequences and has been linked to five deaths. Other stores have stopped selling this dangerous product, and so should GNC. Demand that GNC protect the lives and well-being of its customers by taking Jack3d off its shelves.
Dear Mr. Fortunato,
One of the supplements you are currently selling, Jack3d, has been linked to 86 different health complaints and five deaths. Yet your stores continue to sell Jack3d, insisting that it is not your responsibility to help the consumers of this product, but the manufacturer’s alone. This reaction is childish and negligent.
The makers of Jack3d, USP Labs, is not going to make a change if its products are still being sold across the nation. While your stores may not be directly responsible for the death of five individuals, you can still do your part. Stop selling this monstrous supplement and protect the lives and well-being of your customers.
[Your Name Here]
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