A group of people have been referred to court for selling smuggled bodybuilding hormones and performance enhancers to teenagers in fitness clubs, Minister of Health Abdul Latif Wreikat said on Thursday.
In a statement sent to The Jordan Times Wreikat said the smugglers were caught delivering the products -- in the form of pills and injections -- to different fitness clubs.
He added that Jordan Food and Drug Administration (JFDA) inspectors, in cooperation with the Rangers, tracked a coach in one of the fitness clubs located in west Amman, who led them to the group.
Mohammad Khreisha, who heads the JFDA's food department, told The Jordan Times that growth hormones were smuggled in small quantities, thus "they were not seized at customs stations".
He noted that growth hormones have attracted increasing interest from young Jordanians who use them to increase their muscle mass, without realising risks of using them.
Khreisha explained that no one should take these hormones without a prescription as they lead to abnormal growth of the muscles, and coupled with excessive exercise might lead to fatal heart attacks, diabetes, hallucinations and mental problems.
A committee was formed this week to regulate the trade in growth hormones, Khreisha said, adding that the panel will be responsible for testing nutrition supplements prescribed to athletes.
The committee comprises doctors from university hospitals, the health ministry, the Jordanian Federation for Bodybuilding and the JFDA.
Distributed by MCT Information Services
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