FDA investigates BodyBuilding.com and American Cellular Labs

Bodybuilding supplements are review by FDA due to banned substances use
FDA investigates BodyBuilding.com and American Cellular Labs
Just in the last 2-3 months Food and Drug Administration investigators executed a search warrant of BodyBuilding.com, seeking evidence that it deals in designer steroids and andro. The FDA conducted a similar probe of American Cellular Labs in July.
The recent case of Phillies pitcher J.C. Romero, who was suspended for 50 games this season after testing positive for androstenedione, a substance that slugger Mark McGwire used in the 1990s that was later banned by baseball has brought much attention on the bodybuilding products makers.  Romero sued the manufacturer of an over-the-counter supplement earlier this year, arguing that it should bear the blame for his suspension because it misrepresented its products and ingredients.

Don Fehr, head of the baseball players union, said the lack of government regulation is especially problematic for amateur and professional athletes who might use over-the-counter supplements, because a positive test for a banned substance can lead to suspension.  Fehr said in an interview. “I’m sure there are some good supplement products in the market that are safe, effective and accurately identified. I hope these products can be protected.

Steve Mister, president and CEO of the Council for Responsible Nutrition, which represents the dietary supplement industry, said there is a “small fringe” of manufacturers that offer products which include steroids and other banned substances. He said sports nutrition supplements account for about 10 percent of the $25 billion supplement industry, and “those muscle enlargement products that seem to be a concern are just a small fraction of that.”

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