Testoforte Response – Biogen Management6 July 2017
BIOGEN Sports Supplements are subject to the most comprehensive testing program currently available and not formulated with WADA prohibited substances.
The product in question, Testoforte, is not a sports supplement and does not form part of Biogen’s sports supplement range. It should be noted that this product is a complex herbal and is designed to support healthy, natural testosterone levels.
We believe that all competitive athletes should only use Informed Sport and Informed Choice tested sports products and avoid complex botanicals. To this end we have made every effort to inform tested athletes of the potential risks when using complex botanicals via our website, on in-store signage as well as within warnings on product labels. We have now taken the additional measure of adding this warning sticker to Non-Sports Supplements / herbal products and we are in the process of updating these labels.
We have only recently had sight of the results of the testing conducted by the SA doping control Lab at Bloemfontein. It is not unusual for products containing complex botanical materials, especially those designed to support healthy testosterone, to give rise to a trace finding of steroidal precursors such as 1,4-androstadiene-3,17-dione in screening laboratory tests. The product in question was manufactured using strict manufacturing standards and our manufacturer has confirmed that there is no evidence of deviations observed on the batch questioned. We have no reason to believe that this product is unsafe for general consumer use.
However as a precautionary measure we have sent the product for additional confirmatory analysis to one of the world’s leading laboratories in this field, based in the UK. This should shed light on whether the levels indicate the possibility of cross-contamination from an exogenous source or are naturally present as trace findings, not uncommon for a product of this nature and formulation.
Regardless of product choice, herbal products that include Tribulus Terrestris pose a higher risk for tested athletes as the ingredients are such that they may (or may not) give rise to the trace presence of prohibited substances. Biogen Sports Supplement products containing these ingredients are labelled with a warning to professional athletes. We encourage all competitive athletes tested in sport to avoid similar products.
For more info on our stance and range of certified sports supplements, please see: Competitive Athletes