Posted May 16, 2005

Athlete Wins Case Involving Contaminated Vitamin

On May 13, 2005 the Associated Press reported that a swimmer, who claimed a contaminated vitamin caused him to test positive for steroids, won $578,635 in a lawsuit against a maker of dietary supplements.

The jury found that a multivitamin taken by Kicker Vencill was contaminated with steroid precursors and was responsible for his positive test. Ultimate Nutrition of Farmington, Conn. was ordered to pay the damages.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency warns that vitamins and other such products can lead to a positive test. In Vencill's case, the contamination is believed to have entered either through the vitamin's raw ingredients or from equipment used to produce the capsules.

ConsumerLab.com runs the Athletic Banned Substances Testing Program, developed at the request of the U.S. Olympic Committee. Manufacturers may request to have their products tested for banned substances and consumers can view the results of recently tested products.