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Six sports supplements on sale in New Zealand have been found to contain anabolic steroids not listed on their labels.
The contamination, accidental or otherwise, could have wide ranging consequences for elite athletes in the country, and could lead to stricter testing in future.
In as little as 12 months, the research team led by Professor Alison Heather at the University of Otago, could provide a game-changing test to anti-doping agencies which would detect the presence of any androgen, or anabolic steroid, in an athletes system regardless of chemical structure.
At present, doping agencies test athletes for specific illegal substances and masking agents. But the test being developed by Heather and her team would detect the biological effects of androgens, regardless of the drug being used.
Researchers at the University of Otago and the University of Technology Sydney have published their findings on sports supplements in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism.
Heather, of the department of physiology in Otago’s school of biomedical sciences, said athletes use supplements in hope they…