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Trade Organizations Support Actions Banning "Andro"

Washington DC, 30 March 2004
Source: Council for Responsible Nutrition; National Nutritional Foods Association

Editor's Note: The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) and the National Nutritional Foods Association (NNFA) each affirmed support of sports organizations and the FDA in banning andro. CRN and NNFA also both reaffirmed their support of the Biden-Hatch Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 2003 (S.1780), which several other trade organizations also support (see Industry Associations Support Biden/Hatch Legislation Placing 'Andro' Under Controlled Substances Act).

Statement From the National Nutritional Foods Association
Washington DC, 10 March 2004

The following is a statement from the executive director and CEO of the National Nutritional Foods Association, David R. Seckman, regarding the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation hearing today on "Steroid Use in Professional and Amateur Sports":

We support the committee's intent to protect athletes from using illegal steroids. We also support the right of sports organizations to prohibit the use of any performance enhancing substance they deem unsafe or inappropriate.

In addition, NNFA and several other industry trade associations have publicly announced support for Senate Bill 1780, the "Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 2003," introduced by Senators Joseph Biden (D-Delaware) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). This legislation would place certain steroid hormone precursors such as androstenedione ["andro"] under the Controlled Substances Act and effectively prohibit their marketing as dietary supplements by regulating them as Schedule III controlled substances. We are joined by many other organizations, including the US Antidoping Agency (USADA) and the National Football League, in backing this legislation.

Finally, I would like to make clear that dietary supplements are not steroids. While some companies may have chosen to break the law by masquerading steroids as a dietary supplement, their actions do not change that indisputable fact.

Source: National Nutritional Foods Association (NNFA).

CRN Supports FDA Action on Androstenedione Under DSHEA—Reaffirms Support of Biden/Hatch Legislation
Washington DC, 11 March 2004

The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), one of the dietary supplement industry's leading trade associations, issued the following statement in response to a joint press conference held today by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Senators Joseph Biden (D-Delaware) and Orrin Hatch (R- Utah) on steroid hormone precursors. Statement by Annette Dickinson, PhD, President:

The Council for Responsible Nutrition is supportive of FDA's action today on steroid hormone precursors such as androstenedione as it demonstrates the kind of strong enforcement authority available to the agency under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA). Under the law which regulates the dietary supplement industry, companies introducing "new dietary ingredients" that were not "grandfathered" as of October 15, 1994, are required to provide a 75-day notice to FDA and submit evidence that the ingredient is reasonably expected to be safe. If companies have not complied with the law and are therefore not legitimately marketing these products as dietary supplements, FDA's strong regulatory actions are justified.

CRN and other industry trade associations strongly support DSHEA as an appropriate framework for regulating the dietary supplement industry and urge FDA's full implementation of the law. Strong and consistent enforcement by FDA shows that dietary supplements are regulated and helps instill consumer confidence in the industry and its products.

CRN today also reaffirms our support of the 'Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 2003,' (S. 1780), legislation introduced by Sens. Biden and Hatch that would effectively prohibit the marketing of steroid hormone precursors such as androstenedione by classifying them as Schedule III controlled substances.

Source: Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN).end-of-story


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