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Statement From the National Nutritional Foods Association

WASHINGTON, March 10 -- The following is a statement from the executive director and CEO of the National Nutritional Foods Association, David R. Seckman, regarding the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation hearing today on "Steroid Use in Professional and Amateur Sports":

We support the committee's intent to protect athletes from using illegal steroids. We also support the right of sports organizations to prohibit the use of any performance enhancing substance they deem unsafe or inappropriate. In addition, NNFA and several other industry trade associations have publicly announced support for Senate Bill 1780, the "Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 2003," introduced by Sens. Joseph Biden (D-Del.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). This legislation would place certain steroid hormone precursors such as androstenedione ["andro"] under the Controlled Substances Act and effectively prohibit their marketing as dietary supplements by regulating them as Schedule III controlled substances. We are joined by many other organizations, including the U.S. Antidoping Agency (USADA) and the National Football League, in backing this legislation.

Finally, I would like to make clear that dietary supplements are not steroids. While some companies may have chosen to break the law by masquerading steroids as a dietary supplement it does not change that indisputable fact.

NNFA ( ) is the nation's largest and oldest non-profit organization dedicated to the natural products industry. NNFA represents more than 5,000 retailers, manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors of natural products including foods, dietary supplements, and health and beauty aids. In addition to offices in Washington D.C., and Newport Beach, Calif., NNFA also has seven regional offices throughout the United States and is governed by a 22-member board of directors representing all segments of industry.

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