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Allergy Alert & Drug Spiking Prompt AMPT Coffee Recall

It was hyped as a “delicious instant coffee” with an herbal kick, courtesy of a plant known as tongkat ali. But we now know that the real secret ingredient wasn’t some herb with a long history of folkore that made AMPT coffee effective. No, like so many other “male enhancement” coffee products, AMPT is actually spiked, illegally, with 2 prescription-only medications that are used to treat erectile dysfunction.

In its press release about the recall, the distributor, The AMPT Life, admitted that the US Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, had recently tested samples of the product and found both Tadalafil and Sildenafil in it.

Those same tests also turned up a major allergen– a milk ingredient–that is not disclosed on the packaging.

AMPT Life says that it has received no reports of anyone consuming the product and suffering an allergic reaction to the undisclosed milk allergen or an adverse event related to the hidden drugs. But, just as was the case with the “male enhancement coffee” that was recalled back in July, the issues with AMPT Coffee are twofold.

First, there is concern than men who are allergic to milk might see the “non-dairy creamer” claim (picture below), consume the product and suffer an allergic reaction to it:

AMPT Coffee is recalled, in part, because of an undeclared milk allergen.

AMPT Coffee didn’t just have a hidden milk ingredient; it actually lied on its website with a non-dairy claim, as seen in this Bing-cached screenshot of its Nutritional Facts page.

Second, there is worry that men who know that medications like Viagra and Cialis are not appropriate for them might consume AMPT and suffer a life-threatening drop in blood pressure.

Does AMPT Coffee contain Viagra? The FAQ page says no but tests prove that's a lie.

AMPT’s FAQ page, as seen in this archived page, actually contains a denial that the coffee contains Viagra. Now, of course, we know that it contains the active ingredients in both Viagra and Cialis.

The company says that it is notifying known customers of the recall. If you have any AMPT coffee on hand you are urged not to use it. The company’s press release did not say if anyone who purchased the coffee would be given a refund but urged customers to simply throw out any remaining supply.

It is not known what, if anything, prompted the FDA to test samples of AMPT Coffee in the first place.

Currently, the website comes back as unavailable. The company’s official Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages are still up but contain no mention I can find of the recall.


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