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Supplement company admits in federal court to mislabeling synthetic steroids

Should jail sentences exist for these crimes?

San Jose: Supplement company admits in federal court to mislabeling synthetic steroids

By Eric Kurhi

SAN JOSE — A company that specializes in selling bodybuilding nutritional supplements admitted in federal court Thursday that it knowingly misrepresented and sold a product that contained an unapproved synthetic steroid, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Santa Maria-based Myogenix, which boasts the slogans “Technology of Muscle” and “Total Body Transformation” on its website, sold a product called “Spawn” between 2007 and 2009 that contained a main active ingredient that was never approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

According to a DOJ release, “Myogenix knowingly labeled Spawn in a manner that was intended to deceive consumers and the FDA, in that it was labeled as a dietary supplement when in fact Spawn was a synthetic steroid.”

Myogenix director of operations Mark Newman entered a guilty plea on behalf of the company to charges related to “introducing unapproved drugs into interstate commerce with the intent to defraud and mislead,” according to the DOJ.

Myogenix was fined $50,000 and had to forfeit $100,000 that was deemed to have been gained illegally.

As part of plea agreements, for the next five years the company must submit all products to an independent testing organization, the results of which must be reviewed by the FDA before the product can be sold.


About Elaine Sirt -Hastings, RD. National Nutrition, Energy & Human Performance Expert

Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist Elaine Sirt-Hastings, RD, LD/N, CSSD is the Founder of Associates in Nutrition and Sports Specialty and President of. Elaine Hastings and Associates, a National Expert in Nutrition, energy, supplements and human performance, a leader in the health, wellness, fitness and sports nutrition industries. Elaine is an engaging and informed Supplement, Performance and Energy Expert. Elaine is a go-to media source both nationally and internationally, with extensive knowledge in every aspect of nutrition. She has been a multimedia content contribute and media resource for some 20 years. Elaine specializes in human performance, wellness, energy, nutrition, fitness, eating disorders, sports and team nutrition. She is a highly sought after educator, author and spokesperson with excellent cross-cultural awareness. Being a former athlete and model Elaine knows how to help you Stay in Your Game! Stay in Your Game™ Eat and move for Top Performance in YOUR Life! …work. fitness. corporate. teams. athletes. kids.


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