Two companies found guilty of selling muscle building supplements tainted with illegal drugs have been fined by a federal court in Idaho. According to an article published on nutraingredients-usa.com, DCD LLC and its subsidiary Advanced Muscle Science were fined $125,000 and ordered to enact more rigorous safety protocols to ensure future products sold by the companies will not contain unapproved substances.
In a statement issued by the Department of Justice, these rulings were intended to “... protect the public from synthetic steroids masquerading as dietary supplements.”
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What’s the problem?
For selling products containing illegal synthetic steroids, the Idaho federal court fined:
- California-based R&D Holdings LLC (doing business as Culver Sports, Bradley Asgard, and Bjorklund) $21,000;
- Nevada-Registered DCD LLC and its subsidiary Advanced Muscle Science $125,000
The dietary supplements at issue were:
- Orafinadrol 50
In addition to the fines, these firms were ordered to put more detailed testing protocols in place to ensure future products would not be tainted with illegal or unapproved substances. And despite the fact that R&D Holdings no longer makes supplements or drugs, the court ordered the company not to do so for two years from the date of sentencing as a condition of its probation.
In response to these rulings, US attorney Wendy J. Olson said: “These prosecutions and today's sentencings are necessary to protect the public from synthetic steroids masquerading as dietary supplements.
DCD, LLC's testing protocol and R&D's agreement not to manufacture these products are positive steps for the dietary supplement industry as it struggles throughout the country to ensure that consumers are using only safe products.”
The issue of spiked dietary supplements recently made national headlines after an investigation by the Dr Oz Show found radically high levels of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) in products from a number of retail outlets.
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