Back in February I wrote a blog about water contamination and contaminated supplements. I’ve received a couple of emails asking the whereabouts of the information, so I’m pulling the supplement information out into it’s own blog.
Here it is:
For the supplement issue, the study that was released in 2007 titled, " Investigation Into Supplement Contamination Levels In The US Market, HFL 2007 " made a big splash late last year on several news sites including Fox and USA Today. An excerpt from the report,
“Of the 54 samples that were successfully analysed by LCMS, 6 showed the
presence of stimulant contamination. This corresponds to 11.1%. Of the 52
samples that were successfully analysed by GCMS, 13 showed the presence
of steroid contamination. This corresponds to 25.0%.”
Manufacturing practices at supplement companies are obviously not up to snuff. A study done by the US Olympic Committee between 2000 and 2002 found that 18% of the 240 supplements purchased in the US contained steroids.
If you take supplements, know that they are NOT controlled by the tight standards of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).