FSSAI, NADA join hands to put check on doping cases

Millennium Post - - NATION - DHIRENDRA KU­MAR

NEW DELHI: Alarmed by the in­crease in the cases of doping among ath­letes ow­ing to con­tam­i­na­tion in food sup­ple­ments, the Food Safety and Stan­dards Au­thor­ity of In­dia (FSSAI) has joined hands with Na­tional Anti-doping Agency (NADA) to put a check on the men­ace.

“Given that num­ber and spread of a wide va­ri­ety of nu­tri­tional food sup­ple­ments makes it dif­fi­cult to find traces of banned or adul­ter­ated sub­stances in the open mar­ket, the FSSAI would en­sure avail­abil­ity of safe and dope-free nu­tri­tional sup­ple­ments for the sports pro­fes­sion­als cater­ing to their health and nu­tri­tional needs,” FSSAI CEO Pawan Agar­wal said.

The FSSAI on Thurs­day signed a Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing (MOU) with NADA to fo­cus on en­sur­ing co­or­di­na­tion of co-oper­a­tive ac­tiv­i­ties within gov­ern­ment agen­cies in or­der to ad­dress the is­sue of doping sub­stances and other adul­ter­ants in food sup­ple­ments used in sports.

As per the agree­ment, the FSSAI would un­der­take sur­veil­lance and en­force­ment ac­tiv­i­ties for both do­mes­ti­cally pro­duced and im­ported sport­snu­tri­tion sup­ple­ments with a par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on any use of doping sub­stances and other adul­ter­ants in such prod­ucts and on coun­ter­feit prod­ucts.

It would also help in build­ing the ca­pac­ity of the reg­u­la­tory staff for ef­fec­tive sur­veil­lance and en­force­ment ac­tiv­i­ties at the ground level, Agar­wal said, adding that ed­u­ca­tion and aware­ness sup­port on the safe and ju­di­cious use of sports-nu­tri­tion sup­ple­ments would also be pro­vided through guid­ance doc­u­ments, train­ing and aware­ness pro­gramme in part­ner­ship with other stake­hold­ers.

“As a part of the MOU, a work­ing group has also been set-up for more fo­cused work in this di­rec­tion. The group will com­prise of mem­bers of the FSSAI sci­en­tific panel on func­tional foods, nu­traceu­ti­cals, di­etetic prod­ucts and other sim­i­lar prod­ucts along with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of NADA,” Agar­wal said, adding that rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Sports Au­thor­ity of In­dia (SAI), Nar­cotics Con­trol Bureau and oth­ers, as and when re­quired, may be co-opted in the work­ing group. NEW DELHI: The Congress on Thurs­day dubbed the Ahmed­abad-mum­bai high­speed ex­press an “elec­tion bul­let train” and said its launch was timed keep­ing in mind the up­com­ing Gu­jarat As­sem­bly polls. It said the foun­da­tion stone lay­ing fol­lowed a set pat­tern of an­nounc­ing pack­ages and big-ticket projects by the Modi gov­ern­ment ahead of ev­ery state elec­tion.

It ac­cused the Modi gov­ern­ment of “com­pletely ab­di­cat­ing its re­spon­si­bil­ity” to­wards safety of pas­sen­gers, while fo­cussing on this one project.

Se­nior Congress leader Mal­likar­jun Kharge also charged Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi with de­lay­ing the project, con­ceived by the erst­while UPA gov­ern­ment, for three-and-a- half years, thus mak­ing it “eco­nom­i­cally un­vi­able”. Congress spokesper­son RPN Singh al­leged that the BJP gov­ern­ment was ig­nor­ing rail­way safety, even though 259 pas­sen­gers have been killed and 973 in­jured in 29 ma­jor rail­way ac­ci­dents since the Modi dis­pen­sa­tion as­sumed of­fice.

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