FSSAI warned states to run special drive to regulate the use of banned performance – enhancing drugs

New Delhi: To improve the performance of the athletic output, sports person consumed health supplements and this artificial enhancement of the performance called Doping. Many of the supplements are banned in India to stop doping. India is at the third number in doping violation cases.

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) analyzed the Indian youth are very prone to use health supplements and the misuse of banned performance enhancing supplements can be possible. To stop greedy manufacturers to add performance enhancing drugs and other banned substances in health supplements, FSSAI wrote to the States to actively analyze the manufacturing of the health supplements units. To make them aware of the drugs, FSSAI also sent them a list of banned drugs.

For any suspicious case, states can collect samples and send to the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA), The Director General, NADA may be contacted. FSSAI also instructed the states to follow strict scrutiny of labels for use of such substances. If any of the manufacturers not following the rules then strict action has to be taken as provided under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 against defaulting food business operators.

Performance enhancer drugs are strictly prohibited to use by athletes and in a case of violation, a report can be made to media.  Unclear labels without a complete list of the elements may risk the health of the unsuspecting consumers.

World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has created a complete list of the banned products that can be used as performance boosters.  So, FSSAI guided states to keep check the additions of the performance enhancing drugs (PED) in health supplements.


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