Fake Supplement Alert! – Muzaffarnagar Police arrested Gang!

This news is an alarm for supplement users. World’s leading brand stickers are being attached to fake supplements are being distributed in the market. These fake supplements are a serious threat to health of people and athletes alike. Always buy from authentic sources.

November 24, 2020: The Muzaffarnagar police has arrested three members of a gang that was making and selling fake protein powder after sticking labels of top US and European brands on them. One of the accused is absconding. Abhishek Yadav, Senior Superintended of Police (SSP) Muzaffarnagar said, “We are getting regular inputs about the activity of the gang. Our crime branch teams silently worked on getting enough details before raiding multiple locations in the district. We have recovered 1.5 lakh labels, hundreds of kg of fake protein supplement in 572 containers with stickers of renowned firms like ‘Universal’, a US based company. Over 9500 empty boxes and bottles, 28 stacks of carbohydrate powder, hundreds of prohibited drugs and steroids were also recovered.”

The raids were carried out at multiple locations on Monday. Police are questioning the three arrested accused – Zubair Alam, Arsi and Amil – to know more about the racket. “The supply chain is spread wide and deep. It goes to various states, including Haryana, Maharashtra, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi,” said the police officer.

Talking about the ill-effects of supplements, he said, “These supplements have high proportions of anabolic steroids like Deca Durabolin, testosterone, androsterone, etc. which immediately and substantially increase muscle mass and athletic power and are banned all over the world, particularly, in sports. The presence of these substances can only be determined through urine examination. The abuse of these drugs also leads to kidney ailments and impotency. However, these relatively cheap and fake products are being increasingly used by those who frequent gyms.

According to a study, CASCADE (Committee Against Smuggling and Counterfeiting Activities Destroying the Economy) in 2015, roughly 1/5th of all the packaged food in the market could be counterfeit, posing a serious threat to health.

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