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November 5, 2009
Contaminated Supplements
We are countinuously asked by parents and coaches, “how could my child or athlete be taking steroids”? I know that they simply wouldn’t to that. They tell me that they would never, ever use steroids!

Sadly, many of our kids are purchasing the latest and greatest supplements that they’ve read about on the Internet or were told about by their friends. Their buds will say something like “this stuff I bought last week at the health food store really works”. And, because this industry is not regulated, the kids never know for sure what they are taking that’s causing their muscles to grow so quickly.

As you’ve read on previous posts, an unacceptable percentage of over-the-counter supplements have been found to be contaminatated with steroids and other illegal substances. Below is a story about a company that recently announced that they are “voluntarily” recalling 65 supplements that were found to be contaminated with steroids.

I wonder if your child or athlete has been taking any of these supplements?


WASHINGTON, Nov. 4 (UPI) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the recall of 65 products sold online by Bodybuilding.com that might contain steroids.

The FDA said the voluntary nationwide and international recalls were initiated by Bodybuilding.com LLC of Boise, Idaho, of all lots and expiration dates of the dietary supplements that might contain ingredients that are or should be classified as steroids, such as “Superdrol,” “Madol,” “Tren,” “Androstenedione,” and “Turinabol.”

The FDA said the use of steroid-containing products can result in acute liver injury, among other adverse health consequences that include male infertility and increased risk of heart attack, stroke and death.

Bodybuilding.com officials said they agreed to the recall despite receiving assurances from all of the manufacturers that the recalled products were properly classified as dietary supplements in compliance with federal law, and did not contain any unlawful ingredient.

Consumers with questions can contact the company at 866-236-8417.

A list of the recall products is available at http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=120131111