Hawaii to collect, destroy supplement from stores

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s Department of Health is asking stores to give up supplies of a dietary supplement that’s under investigation for possible ties to hepatitis and liver failure.

The department said Monday it’s collecting bottles of OxyELITE Pro with plans to destroy them on Tuesday.

The supplement is used for weight loss and muscle-building. It comes in pill and powder form.

Health officials say there have been 36 cases of hepatitis and liver failure where use of the supplement has been the only common factor.

Inspectors have inventoried nearly 330,000 capsules and more than 520 pounds of powder that were pulled from store shelves. Officials say the retail value of that product is about $250,000.

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