【Advisory Notes】Warning on steroids tinted supplements

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the United Sates have recently issued warnings of the presence of hidden steroids in certain brands of supplements by American Cellular Laboratories including “TREN-Xtreme,” “MASS Xtreme,” “ESTRO Xtreme,” “AH-89-Xtreme,” “HMG Xtreme,” “MMA-3 Xtreme,” “VNS-9 Xtreme,” and “TT-40-Xtreme.”

In relation to this, the Hong Kong Anti-Doping Committee would like all concerned parties to be aware of:

1. Risk of inadvertent doping

Athletes, who are using supplements, please be aware of the risk of inadvertent doping and that steroids are prohibited substances on the Prohibited List. The use of these and similar products may lead to a positive drug test. According to the principle of strict liability, an athlete is responsible for the presence of prohibited substance in his/her body no matter the athlete intentionally or unintentionally uses a prohibited substance.

2. Associated health risks

Adverse effects and serious health risks could associate with the use of such products. Acute liver injury and kidney failure are examples of medical problems associate with the use of steroids.

3. Violation of law of Hong Kong

The selling and importing of these products may violate the law of Hong Kong since they are currently not properly registered with the Department of Health of Hong Kong.

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