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Contaminated Supplements

Posted by Gale Bernhardt on Apr 8, 2008 11:55:17 AM

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).

 

Buyer beware.

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