A Chinese man pled guilty last month for his role in supplying chemical ingredients to a Virginia-based manufacturer and distributor of tainted dietary supplements. M-Drol and H-Drol, popular products for increasing muscle mass and decreasing body fat, were actually illegal misbranded drugs, not dietary supplements, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release. The defendant, Xinli Li (aka Eric Li), was arrested last October while attending a trade show in Las Vegas and remains in custody pending his March sentencing hearing, DOJ added. Was this an act of a brazen criminal, or a troubling sign that Li and others like him who peddle potentially harmful chemicals to corrupt dietary supplement manufacturers and distributors are unaware or unafraid of FDA’s authority over this type of activity? The good news is that criminal cases like this can only bolster FDA’s mission to protect consumers from these products. Hopefully, Li’s public arrest (presumably) at the trade show and his successful prosecution, including a forfeiture amount of $1.6 million, will create a strong ripple effect causing shady dietary supplement dealers and suppliers to take notice. Nice job FDA!
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