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Washington residents who take dietary supplements should be aware of a consumer warning issued by the Food and Drug Administration on April 13 about a product called Tri-Methyl Xtreme. Three injuries were reported by consumers in Utah, New Jersey and California, and there is concern that the product said to contain anabolic steroids could cause liver damage.

Tri-Methyl Xtreme is distributed by a Las Vegas company called Extreme Products Group, and the supplement is marketed as a way to help build muscle and sold in some gyms and retail stores as well as online. The company claims that anabolic steroids are found in the supplements, and an FDA scientist said that anabolic steroids can cause serious and irreversible damage to multiple organs in the body. In addition to liver damage, synthetic steroids could also cause increased risk for strokes and heart attacks. Consumers should watch for ill effects like discolored urine, back or abdominal pain or unexplained fatigue

Dietary supplements cannot possess steroids or any prescription drug ingredients, but manufacturers are in charge of regulating their own products and making sure they are safe because supplements are not required to go through FDA effectiveness and safety reviews. The FDA often issues warnings when supplements are found with drugs that can be used to aid body building, sexual enhancement or weight loss.

Some products are inherently dangerous. When consumers purchase knives, table saw and bleach for example, they understand that they must use great caution when interacting with these products. However, some products are dangerous due to defects, toxins or actions on the part of negligent manufacturers. Oftentimes, consumers are unaware of the hazards they face when interacting with these products because they do not appear to be inherently dangerous.

One such dangerous product currently circulating the marketplace is wood treated with toxic chemicals. Due to a great deal of effort on the part of certain safety advocates and bipartisan support in Congress, new rules are finally being enacted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in order to protect consumers from these dangerous products.

In essence, wood that is both imported and manufactured domestically is often being treated with formaldehyde and other dangerous chemicals. While these compounds help to treat, protect and otherwise affect the wood in beneficial ways, the toxins present in the wood can be extremely harmful to those who are directly exposed to it both during and post-manufacturing.