Senate seeks tighter supplement regulation from USADA

During Senate hearings on Tuesday, Travis Tygart (CEO of USADA and an advisor to the Taylor Hooton Foundation) told the Senate that his organization is close to announcing a plan to propose regulatory reform of the supplements industry.

In addition to enjoying the support of most professional sports leagues, Travis can count on the support of our organization. We will work hard to see that this important set of changes are implemented. Nothing less than the lives and health of our kids are at stake.

Don

At a Senate hearing Tuesday addressing the alarming proliferation of steroids within the relatively unregulated nutritional supplements industry, the CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said his organization was weeks away from announcing a new initiative that will propose regulatory reform of the supplements industry and will have the support of major professional sports leagues.

“It’s an effort to educate and effect change in the legislation,” said USADA‘s chief executive Travis Tygart, who testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee‘s subcommittee on crime and drugs. “The problem has migrated away from elite athletes.”

Tygart said the initiative will have support from the NFL, NBA, MLB, as well as the U.S. Olympic Committee and other organizations. Various sports leagues recently have faced challenges to their anti-doping policies by athletes claiming contaminated supplements had triggered their positive drug tests.

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