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Imported Poisons sold as health supplements

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has identified imported poisons sold as health supplements as well as banned substances in up to 19% of products currently on the market which pose significant health and safety concerns for the health department.

In 2020 the New South Whales Poisons Information Centre, warned that there is a resurgence of banned substances in Australia being misleadingly labelled as other legal ingredients catching unsuspecting health conscious Aussies off guard. Adverse effects brought on by illegal substances in legally imported and sold to market items have been increasing. The TGA is considering altering the classification of health nutrition supplements.

Some of the substances found in imported health supplements, prevent the body from storing fat and instead elicit a heat generation response damaging kidneys, brain and other vital organs. To date there is no treatment or cure for the adverse reaction and it has caused Australian’s to lose their lives.

The TGA test on Imported Ingredients

TGA tested imported sports supplements and ALL their tests found the products tested contained scheduled substances and that they were either not labelled on packaging or renamed to some alternate name with further studies proving that almost 20% of sports supplements hold ingredients that are banned in sports and can cause significant adverse health effects.

Some products have even been found to have Methamphetamine known as Ice or Crystal Meth.

Human and Supplement Testing Australia (HASTA) has further investigated products identifying that imported products hold a significant risk to consumers with their findings identifying the most common illegal substance being methylhexanamine and ephedrine.

Imported Whey products also were highly likely to contain banned substances with imported pre workout powders also showing to have synephrine, octopamine, cathine, ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, strychnine, and methylephedrine.

The importance of Australian made

Health supplements are becoming one of the fastest growing sectors in the economy and given the vast amount of products on offer everyone is vying for the edge, but this competition shouldn’t come at the cost of consumers.

The next time you purchase your supplements, be sure to purchase from a reputable supplier or retailer. Australian businesses having to meet stringent manufacturing regulations are the safer bet and as someone who has been training for over a decade, my health is important to me and what goes in it is a priority. Which is why I am building my very own Australian made Health supplements.

Help support an Aussie business by purchasing your products from my online store and follow along as we continue to grow our Aussie made range.

As a caring and hands on dad, Simon devotes himself to his family, career and health.

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