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Recent news stories on steroid use in sports continue to emphasize the importance of screening dietary supplements and sports nutrition products for banned substances. A unique certification program, developed by NSF International, can help athletes make informed decisions when choosing nutritional products. NSF is a not-for-profit organization committed to protecting and improving public health.

NSF’s Athletic Banned Substances Certification Program creates a level playing field for athletes committed to fair play by certifying sports supplements that have met NSF’s certification guidelines and provides key preventive measures to protect against adulteration of products, verify label claims with product contents, as well as identify inappropriate substances in the finished product. The certification program has been recommended by key athletic organizations, including Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Association, the National Football League, the Professional Golf Association, the National Football League Players Association and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sports.

In response to demands from consumers, athletes and coaches, NSF International has launched a new online resource, www.nsfsport.com, that provides credible information to help consumers, athletes, and coaches choose safer, quality products.

Products that have been certified by NSF are listed on NSF’s new Web site and listings page, as well as bear the NSF Certified for Sport™ Mark to demonstrate that a product has met all program requirements, which include:

* Toxicology review
* Facility inspection/Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) audit
* Annual laboratory testing/analysis
* Product certification

Additional information, such as recent news stories on doping in sports and education resources, can also be found at nsfsport.com.
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Manufacturers, finished product companies or ingredient suppliers that manufacture a steroid or steroid precursor or any other substance on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), NSF/NFLPA, and MLB/MLBPA prohibitive substances lists are excluded from participating in the program.

If you are interested in setting up an interview with Ed Wyszumiala, General Manager of NSF’s Dietary Supplements Programs, to discuss the program in more detail, please contact me at 734-913-5723 or houlahan@nsf.org or stop by Booth # 138 at Natural Products Expo West 2009 from March 6-8th at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Additional information on NSF’s Athletic Banned Substances Program can be found at http://www.nsf.org/business/athletic_banned_substances/index.asp.




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