Feeling perked up after a cup of Valentus’ SlimRoast coffee?

Turns out that might not just be a caffeine rush you’re feeling…

As part of a routine drug test as for a potential employer, a woman in New Zealand tested positive for amphetamines.

The test was carried out by Compliance Partners, who upon questioning the woman

concluded that the result was likely due to her consumption of Valentus SlimROAST coffee.

Upon submitting a SlimRoast sample to Compliance Partners for testing, they found Phenethylamine (PEA), and 1,3-dimethylamylamine (DMAA).

PEA is a stimulant in the amphetamine family which occurs in very small amounts in the human body, and in some foods like wine and chocolate.

It causes a short rush of dopamine to be released in the consumer, giving a general sense of stimulation and wellbeing.

DMAA is a stimulant which was once used a nasal decongestant, and it was a common active ingredient in party pills after benzylpiperizine (BZP) was banned in New Zealand.

Upon being contacted by 1 News, Valentus confirmed SlimRoast contained PEA.

When pressed about DMHA, which is illegal in New Zealand, Valentus “did not respond”.

Another ingredient in SlimRoast, Octrodrine (DMAA), is only legally available in New Zealand via prescription.

Compliance Partners’ founding have prompted the New Zealand Customs and Ministry of Health to issue warnings regarding Valentus’ SlimRoast.

We urge New Zealanders to exercise extreme caution when it comes to buying dietary supplements and medicines online – you have no guarantee of what you’re actually getting.

While you may have every intent to buy legal products, it is important to scrutinise the ingredients – but this can prove difficult if banned substances are not explicitly listed.

It is not worth the risk, especially where your health is concerned.

On the criminal side of things, possession of PEA in New Zealand carries a three month prison sentence and/or $500 fine.

Supplying PEA carries a maximum prison term of eight years.

At the time of publication Alexa pegs Spain (47%), the US (16%) and Mexico (14%) as the top three sources of traffic to Valentus’ website.

DMAA is illegal in both the US and Spain (as part of EU regulation).

DMHA is illegal in the US. I wasn’t able to confirm its legal status in the EU.

I wasn’t able to confirm that legal status of either DMAA or DMHA in Mexico.