Steroid 'alternatives' worth half a million pounds seized from Warwickshire house

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Illegal muscle drugs worth half a million pounds were seized by trading standards officers in North Warwickshire. They were alerted to the products by management in unnamed fulfilment house in the north of the county.

The Warwickshire County Council trading standards team found 5,577 bottles of Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators (SARMS), which are an an unauthorised ‘novel food’, and 38 Turkesterone food supplements.

SARMS are synthetic chemical substances that mimic the effects of testosterone and anabolic steroids. Illegal to sell in the UK, they can be found in liquid and tablet form and are marketed to bodybuilders as 'steroid alternatives' or even 'legal steroids'.

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But the bottles seized by Warwickshire Trading Standards clearly stated, 'Not for human consumption'. At Coventry Magistrates Court on May 22, Warwickshire County Council were granted a Food Condemnation Order under the Novel Foods (England) Regulations 2018. The products will now be destroyed to prevent them from being used for human consumption.

At court, Ellis & Gallagher Ltd of Kenton Lane, Harrow, England were deemed to be the owners of the product. The court awarded Warwickshire County Council costs against Ellis & Gallagher Ltd in the sum of £2,827.50.

Speaking after the court case, councillor Andy Crump, cabinet member for community safety at Shire Hall, said: "These products, which are being promoted on some social media sites as a way for gym-goers to build muscle and shed fat, are both illegal to sell and potentially dangerous to consume.

"I’m delighted that Trading Standards has taken this action to protect consumers. I would also like to thank the fulfilment house for its vigilance in identifying these products and alerting Trading Standards.”

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