Military service members are being cautioned against the use of certain products marketed as vitamins, supplements or weight-loss additives because they may contain steroids.
The Air force Office of Special Investigations is warning troops in a May 22 bulletin, shared a few days ago with the Guam National Guard, that products sold by 5 Star Nutrition or Total Nutrition and Brick & Mortar Distributing may contain illegal Schedule III ingredients including anabolic steroids.
During a health and wellness inspection in December 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, it was found that suspected illicit drugs or narcotics were seized and submitted for testing, the Air Force Office of Special Investigations stated. At least two independent crime laboratory tests confirmed the presence of steroids, the office stated.
5 Star Nutrition operates in 58 retail locations nationwide including on a number of military installations including Moody AFB, in Georgia; Buckley Air Force Base, in Colorado; Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Fort Hood, Texas; Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri; Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas; Fort Riley, Kansas; and Freedom Crossing locations at Forth Bragg, North Carolina, and Forth Bliss, Texas.
Service members are also urged to be aware of overdoses that may be linked to nutrition supplements.
The Air Force and FDA's criminal investigation agents are working with AAFES stores across the country to remove the products from military store shelves.
The FDA has stated that its review supports a link between the use of various body-building products suspected to contain steroids and serious liver injury requiring hospitalization.