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Research Indicates Nearly 25 Percent of Supplements Are Contaminated With Steroids, Stimulants and Banned Substances
Date:12/6/2007

"The levels of contamination are too low to be detected using routine methods, but high enough to possibly generate a positive urine test for an athlete. That's why it is essential that supplement companies perform the proper testing of products to trace levels - using ISO 17025-accredited methods."

Inadvertent contamination can typically occur via the supply of raw materials, the use of ill-defined herbal-based materials, cross-contamination within the manufacturing or packaging process (whether in-house or through third parties), and even through the use of inadequately cleaned equipment.

"The publicity surrounding performance-enhancing substances is gathering more steam at every level of athletics," Hoffman said. "Young athletes are at particular risk because they may have the least information to make responsible choices. With news of new steroid investigations and positive drug tests for banned substances appearing virtually every week, supplement companies are stepping forward and taking a proactive approach to find solutions to what many experts view as an epidemic. We are taking the lead in an industry effort to provide athletes, coaches, trainers and parents with a solution to help them make an 'informed choice' when it comes to taking or recommending a supplement."

Hoffman added, "This is very much a joint effort, and, in addition to supplement companies, we encourage professional athletic organizations, states, academic institutions and other trade associations to join Informed- Choice to help strengthen the integrity of the industry."

About Informed-Choice

Informed-Choice is a partnership between supplement companies and HFL, a world-class, anti-doping laboratory, that helps athletes, coaches, trainers parents make an informed choice about the supplements they are taking or recommending. Informed-Choice is a trade effort - supplement companies coming together to recognize industry problems and proactively take action. I
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