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October 1, 2009
Congress examines supplements with steroids

The Senate is beginning to consider the problem of supplements that are contaminated with steroids.

Multiple studies done in the past couple of years have shown that as many as 20% of supplements pulled at random off of our health food store shelves contain steroids or stimulants that are banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

I urge you all to monitor this activity carefully and lend your support. Our children are unknowingly being exposed to dangerous (illegal) drugs every time they visit the health food store. Supplements are NOT REGULATED and until they are, these risks will continue to be real.


An influential senator is looking into whether Congress should re-regulate dietary supplements because steroids and other banned substances are finding their way into over-the-counter bodybuilding products.

Sen. Arlen Specter, a Pennsylvania Democrat and Philadelphia Phillies fan, is convening a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the issue Tuesday.

He said his interest was piqued in part by the 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.

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.

“We’re looking at whether there’s adequate protection for consumers from getting these supplements which have steroids or steroid-like substances,” Specter told The Associated Press in an interview.