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FSSAI Issues Strict Guidelines About the Usage of Performance Enhancing Drugs

On 9thMay 2017, FSSAI issues strict guidelines regarding the usage of Performance Enhancing Drugs in body & muscle building supplements. FSSAI reminded, as per the section 3 (j), Food safety & Standards Act 2006, “Food whether processed, somewhat processed or organic, primary food extent or ingredients explained in clause (Zk) is acceptable but does not contain animal feed until or unless treated for specific usage for human consumption, medical products or harvesting cosmetic sedative. Even, according to section 22, Food Safety & Standards Act 2006, Food testing for special nutritional purposes, nutraceuticals or body building supplements should also not allow to use any kind of narcotic drug or psychotropic element. For more information, explore the Schedule of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substance Act 1985, registered under E and E1 of the Drugs and Cosmetic Rules, 1945. 


Thus, according to these rules of Food Act the FSSAI has clearly indicated that Food operator must obey these rules and produce health supplements without using any banned materials as muscle building food have gained much popularity among youth and sportspersons. However, it will be profitable for deceitful food testing & manufacturers but banned materials endangering the health of innocent customers. Even the worst part is, nothing has mentioned on labels. Nowadays, worldwide various cases have reported against drawback of using health supplements, India positions third. Hence, supplement manufacturers requisite to be extra thoughtful regarding ingredients of the body building food, hazardous ingredients should be avoided. 

Thus, FSSAI has given strict guidelines to all Food Safety Commissioners in the States as well as Union territories to organize a special inspection to check for the usage of prohibited ingredients in health supplements. Besides, they have also instructed to inspect labels thoroughly and if find anything suspicious, send the sample immediately to NADA (National Anti-Droping Agency). 

FSSAI has also specified that strict action will be commenced against any food manufacturers on the usage of performance enhancing drugs. For any complaint regarding wrong food testing and violation of Food Safety & Standards Act 2006, call on this number: 011-24368243, Director General of India. 

What is Performance Enhancing Drugs? 

These kinds of drugs mainly used to enhance your physical abilities. In this competitive era, most of the athletes take different kind of supplements to boost their stamina and performance ability in various field. But, most of them are unaware about the ingredients as not mentioned on the label. However, consistent usage of performance enhancing drugs leaves bad impact on your health. After knowing everything still, India rank third in the list of doping violation cases. 

Thus, to spread the awareness regarding these harmful drugs especially among the youngsters, FSSAI has introduced a list of banned substances called ‘The World Anti-Doping Code International Standard.’ 

This list comprises names of materials and procedures banned at all time, such as, Anabolic Androgenic Steroids, Diuretics and Masking Agents, Beta-2 Agnostics, Hormone and Metabolic Modulators, Peptide Hormones, Growth Factors, Creatine and Stimulants, Narcotics, Beta Blockers, Glucocorticoids, Alcohol and Cannabinoids.

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