New Online Resource for Consumers, Athletes and Coaches Concerned about Athletic Banned Substances

Nsfsport.com Can Help You Make More Informed Decisions When Choosing Nutritional Products
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ANN ARBOR, Mich., May 12, 2009 – Recent news stories on steroid use in sports continue to emphasize the importance of screening dietary supplements and sports nutrition products for banned substances.

NSF International, a not-for-profit organization committed to protecting and improving public health, has launched a new online resource, http://www.nsfsport.com, that provides information to help consumers, athletes, and coaches choose safer, quality products. Additional information, such as recent news stories on doping in sports and educational resources, can also be found at http://www.nsfsport.com.

“We are pleased to see more user-friendly resources being placed in the hands of the public. The Clean Sport Initiative, which provides a forum for discussions on accidental doping will now have the support of value-added informational sites that provide consumers with the guidance they need when choosing nutritional supplements,” said Liliana Begg, Manager, Clean Sport Initiative.

NSF’s Athletic Banned Substances Certification Program certifies 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 any banned 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.

Products that have been certified by NSF are listed on NSF’s new Web site (http://www.nsfsport.com), as well as bear the NSF Certified for Sport™ Mark to demonstrate that they have met all program requirements, which include:

Toxicology review
Facility inspection/Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) audit
Annual laboratory testing/analysis
Product certification
“We’re pleased to expand our online resources to offer additional services to meet clients and consumer’ increasing needs,” said Edward Wyszumiala, General Manager of NSF’s Dietary Supplement Programs. “As an independent, not-for-profit organization, one of NSF International’s primary goals is education. Our free product listings and informational fact kits, provide consumers and athletes helpful information that they can use to make informed decisions when purchasing dietary supplements and other nutritional products.”

If you have questions about the new site or are interested in participating in a training session on the new Web site’s features, please contact Greta Houlahan at 734-913-5723 or houlahan@nsf.org.

About NSF International: NSF International, an independent, not-for-profit organization, helps protect you by certifying products and writing standards for food, water and consumer goods (www.nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting public health and safety worldwide. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment. Additional services include safety audits for the food and water industries, management systems registrations delivered through NSF International Strategic Registrations, organic certification provided by Quality Assurance International and education through the NSF Center for Public Health Education.

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