FDA Warns Against Steroid-Laced Supplements

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 29, 2009 8:12 AM CDT
Tren Xtreme and Mass Xtreme, from American Cellular Labs, are among the products covered by the FDA warning.   (Food and Drug Administration)
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(Newser) – The FDA has issued a serious warning urging consumers to steer clear of bodybuilding supplements advertised as containing steroid-like substances, the Los Angeles Times reports. The products are unapproved drugs, not dietary supplements as claimed, and adverse effects include kidney failure and major liver damage, officials warn.

"Products marketed for bodybuilding and claiming to contain steroids or steroid-like substances are illegal and potentially quite dangerous,” an official said. “The FDA is taking enforcement action today to protect the public.”  The warning follows an FDA raid last week on the home of the chief of a company making bodybuilding supplements, and on an outlet of the Max Muscle chain of sports nutrition stores.