As part of the Food and Drug Administrations national crackdown on the dietary supplement industry, the FDA raided the Idaho offices and warehouse of Bodybuilding.com on Sept. 24.
The raid on the popular bodybuilding Website followed a two-year investigation by the FDA on the dietary supplement industry. In July, the FDA sent a warning to consumers about body building products containing “steroid-like substances.” The letter followed a raid on American Cellular Labs Inc., which manufactures several popular products that the FDA says are not approved and are mislabeled as dietary supplements. An affidavit filed in the US District Court lists over 60 products sold by American Cellular Labs, which contain illegal steroids.
Bodybuilding.com spokesman Amanda Cheslock released a statement saying that the company is cooperating fully with the FDA investigation, adding that her company is not a manufacturer of the products, just an online store that carries them.
FDA special agent Robert Blenkinsop has been investigating Bodybuilding.com since February 2008 according to the affidavit that led to the search warrant to search and seize products at the Websites Idaho warehouse. According to the affidavit, Blenkinsop bought 31 products from Bodybuilding.com and 23 of them tested positive for steroids.
The timing for the raid on Bodybuilding.com is no coincidence. This week Congress will hold a meeting on crime and drugs in which the topic of steroids use will be discussed.
The following is a list from the Food and Drug Administration’s Website of products it has deemed to contain steroids and is unsafe for consumption:
TREN-Xtreme: 19-Norandrosta-4,9-diene-3,17 dione, marketed as “similar to Trenbolone”
MASS Xtreme: 17?-methyl-etioallocholan-2-ene-17b-ol, marketed as “similar to Methyl Testosterone”
ESTRO Xtreme: 4-hydroxyandrostenedione (4-OHA)
AH-89-Xtreme: 5?-androstano[3,2-c]pyrazole-3-one-17?-ol-THP-ether, marketed as “similar to Stanozolol”
HMG Xtreme: 2?,3?-epithio-17?-methyl-17?-hydroxy-5?-etioallocholane
MMA-3 Xtreme: Androsta-1,4-dien-3,17-dione, marketed as “similar to Boldenone (Equipoise)”
VNS-9 Xtreme: 17?-methyl-4-chloro-androsta-1,4-diene-3?,17?-diol, marketed as “similar to Turinabol”
TT-40-Xtreme: 1-androsterone, marketed as “very similar to 1-Testosterone” and “converts to 1-Testosterone”