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Regulatory status in the sports and active nutrition sector

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Laura Contin, European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) Account Director, joined a panel discussion at NutraIngredients’ Sports And Active Nutrition Summit Europe (SANSE) earlier this month (October 6) to discuss the current state of the industry. did. Sector regulatory issues and overall compliance.

As has been the case for many years, much of the sports and active nutrition industry is trying to comply with consumer protection rules and laws, but Contin said he doesn’t want to sell products that contain illegal substances or mislead. He said there are always a few companies selling or trying to sell such products. Information or health claims.

Speaking to NutraIngredients after SANSE, Contin described some of the challenges involved, including lack of resources in monitoring and enforcement and inadvertent doping. She says recent research shows that 10 to 15 percent of her supplements on the market may suffer from low levels of contamination.

Some companies may unknowingly use unauthorized ingredients or use unauthorized claims simply because they lack expertise.

But Contin said new efforts to regulate the market are having a positive impact.

“The EU’s Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) enables rapid action when risks to public health are detected in the food chain…and non-compliant businesses are encouraged to comply. You could face costs of up to €250,000 if you fail to do so. na

“Recently, the industry has made great strides in voluntarily raising the quality assurance level of its products, including the adoption of testing and certification programs such as Informed Sport, NSF International and Cologne List.”na