USADA Unveils Initiative against Nutritional Supplements Containing Drugs

September 21, 2010

In an effort to raise public awareness of companies selling dietary supplements tainted with steroids and other drugs, the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA; Colorado Springs, CO) has introduced its 'Supplement Safety Now' initiative.

In an effort to raise public awareness of companies selling dietary supplements tainted with steroids and other drugs, the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA; Colorado Springs, CO) has introduced its 'Supplement Safety Now' initiative.

With the support of national sport organizations, including the National Basketball Association, the National Football League, Major League Baseball, and the United States Olympic Committee, this online campaign aims to motivate Congress to take action against online and over-the-counter sales of tainted sports supplements with grassroots mobilization and media outreach efforts.

'Thirteen million people who are touched fall under the umbrella of these member based organizations,' said Travis Tygart, CEO of USADA, in an interview with Nutritional Outlook. 'That...s a group of constituents that we hope to mobilize to influence Congress to enact better legislation on this issue.'

Tygart went on to add that 'Supplement Safety Now' will see future developments as the campaign continues.

Steve Mister, president and CEO of the Council for Responsible Nutrition (Washington, DC), released an official statement on USADA...s initiative the day it was launched. 'CRN commends USADA and the other supporting organizations for today stepping forward in a united front to find ways to get these illegal products removed from the marketplace,' Mister said. 'Where CRN can find common ground on the solutions, we look forward to potentially partnering with these organizations on '˜Supplement Safety Now....'

NSF International (Ann Arbor, MI) also announced 'full support' of the initiative in an official press release, stating, 'This campaign will create increased awareness around this important public health issue and help safeguard consumers from taking steroids and other illegal or controlled substances in products that are marketed as '˜safe and legal... dietary supplements.'

For more details about 'Supplement Safety Now,' click here

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