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By Kent Larsen

IOC Claims Hatch-Sponsored Drug Regs Lax

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND -- The International Olympic Committee attacked Utah Senator Orrin Hatch on Tuesday, criticizing the Senator for his support of the dietary supplements industry. The IOC claims that dietary supplements are poorly labeled, and sometimes contain steroids that the IOC has banned for athletes. Explanations from athletes who tested positive for drugs during the Sydney Australia games led the IOC to blame the supplements.

The IOC blamed Hatch because of his support and sponsorship of the 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act, which limited the Food and Drug Administration's authority to test and regulate the substances. The dietary supplement industry includes two Utah companies in its top 15, according to a 1997 report in Nutrition Business Journal. Salt Lake-based Weider Nutrition Group is #7 with sales of $219 million and Nature's Way Products of Springville, Utah is #15, with $100 million in sales. Both companies employ many LDS Church members.

Hatch reacted strongly to the IOC accusations, issuing a statement that said these substances are legal in the U.S., and are only banned for Olympic competitions. "It does not take a rocket scientist to know that Olympic athletes should not be taking substances banned by the IOC. That is not a matter of U.S. law or European law or any other law. Everyone knows that even a commonly sold, over-the-counter cold medication can disqualify an Olympic athlete. Does this mean that we should take all cough syrup off the market?" Hatch also pointed out that dietary supplements "must be labeled as to their content. If the law is not being followed by U.S. manufacturers, then we do need better enforcement. . . . The FDA could do a better job in this area."


Food fight: IOC vs. Hatch
Seattle WA Times 13Dec00 T2

IOC Blasts Utah Over Drug Regs
Salt Lake Tribune 13Dec00 T2
By Mike Gorrell: Salt Lake Tribune


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