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The source, safety and regulatory status of DMAA (methylhexaneamine/1,3-dimethylamylamine), a stimulant used in pre-workout supplements, is a topic of intense debate in the food supplement industry and the analytical testing community. Is it sourced from geranium? Will it taint the London Olympic Games? Is a global ban in the wings? We've covered it more closely than most...

Youngsters exposed to 'significant misinformation' on sports nutrition: Irish authority

Young people are exposed to a significant amount of misinformation on sports nutrition, which could have negative implications for their health now and in the future, according to a Food...

Which supplements were blocked at the EU borders this month?

This month on the EU’s Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) we saw evidence that the notorious banned substance DMAA is still in circulation, authorities are keeping an...

MHRA: “An un-level playing ground is caused by the players, not by the referee.”

UK supplements market feeling pain of illegal imports. Calls go out for stricter policing

UK food supplements firms say their businesses are being threatened by imports containing banned ingredients like GABA – and that regulators need to do more to police the market and...

Feature

FSA budget cuts: what it means for food safety

Budget cuts at the Food Standards Agency and local authorities mean change is afoot, reports Michelle Perrett.

Is aegeline still at large in the EU?

Two shipments of aegeline were blocked last month at the EU borders – begging the questions, is this illicit substance still at large and if so what should be done...

FDA ‘following up’ on availability of DMAA products online

The US Food and Drug Administration is following up on recent findings that almost 40 products are still using DMAA, so are more warning letters expected?

Comment

How transparent is the EU when it comes to supplement scares?

Europe has various measures in place to report risky supplements – but it’s questionable if these warnings ever make it outside the closed circuit of national authorities. This lack of...

Fat-burning supplement death is tragic but don’t blame the supplement industry, says supplemements industry

The death of a 45-year-old British man who overdosed on ‘T5’ fat burning food supplements is tragic but not indicative of an under-regulated supplements industry, say trade groups.

BMPEA found in Jacked Power linked to woman's stroke

Tests of the 'Jacked Power' pre-workout supplement thought to be the cause of a Swedish woman's brain haemorrhage have revealed 290 mg of unlabelled BMPEA.

WADA exec: Bad actors in supplement sphere getting worse and only premarket approval will weed them out

Critics of the dietary supplement industry who were invited to speak at the scientific conference held this week at the University of Mississippi were pulling no punches. Olivier Rabin, PhD,...

US web retailer pumps EU distribution as gym community swells

US site Bodybuilding.com has opened its first UK distribution centre to better cater to its customer base in Europe - part of a community that includes 25 million unique visitors...

Sports supplements hit for six in BBC contamination investigation

Banned steroids and stimulants have been found in muscle building and fat burning sports supplements in the UK, a BBC documentary broadcast this week has found.

Border block: Germany stops product with debated aegeline ingredient

The German authorities have blocked a shipment of products containing the unauthorised novel food ingredient aegeline and American firm USP Labs is making inquiries into whether this relates to its recalled OxyElite product. ...

Supplement industry has changed and now our advice reflects that: Sweden

The Swedish National Food Agency (SLV) has released its first manual on best food supplement practice – something it says responds to the increasingly complex nature of the growing sector.

DMAA doping or contamination?

Food supplements fingered as German doping ban reduced

A German Winter Olympian has had her doping ban reduced from two years to six months, after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), agreed the DMAA in her system...

German border busts reveal banned DMAA still out there (but detection is improving)

Scientists at a German state control laboratory have developed a fast and accurate method of testing whether supplement and sports nutrition products contain the illegal stimulant DMAA (1,3-dimethylamylamine/methylhexaneamine).

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2014

Safe sports nutrition product use is a reality. So are global sports federation rebuttals increasingly ‘outdated’?

Contamination concerns mean most athletic and sporting federations advise against them despite near-ubiquitous use among top athletes and sportspeople. Busted doped athletes continue to finger them. But sports nutrition products...

Special edition: Sports nutrition

Offside! ESSNA blows whistle on athletes’ doping excuses

Europe’s sports nutrition sector today launched a stinging attack on elite athletes who blame doping infringements on contaminated sports supplements as happened multiple times at the recent Winter Olympiad in...

European sports nutrition group raises red flags for London marathoners

The 40,000 professional and amateur runners that will spill through the streets of London this weekend for the London marathon can benefit from sports supplement use but should be wary...

UK testing firm lifts game in sports nutrition doping war

LGC-owned HFL Sport Science is raising awareness in the battle to flush out contaminated sports nutrition products and reduce the likelihood of their being blamed for doping infringements.

Guest article

Online retailers can help stop doping and questionable supplements: Consultant

If the nutritional supplements sector is to ever cast off its reputation for ‘dangerous’ and unlabelled contaminants then big online retails must embrace and enforce stricter anti-doping policies, argues Luca...

Editor's Blog

‘Play it again, Sochi’: DMAA food supplements stimulate ongoing Olympic dopiness

For 12 days the 22nd Winter Olympiad in Sochi, Russia, had escaped the scourge of doping. It may not have escaped the scourge of homophobic ranting from its paragon-of-progress president, Vladimir...

Supplements certifier teams with retailer to boost sports nutrition safety

UK-based food supplement certification service Informed-Sport  has linked up with online supplement retailer Trusted Pro Supplements  to showcase those products that have passed through the stringent quality control process....

News in brief

More woe for OxyElite Pro as Euro ban widens

Italy, Portugal and Ireland have joined a growing list of nations to ban pre-workout supplement, OxyElite Pro.

Dispatches from SupplySide West 2013

We don’t see the pre-workout sector going in the right direction post-DMAA: Chromadex CEO

New ‘suspect alkaloids’ are finding their way into the controversial pre-workout supplement sector, and potentially dangerous products will continue to flourish in the marketplace while there is wider support from...