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."
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
|SOURCE Informed-Choice, LLC|
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