By Analou De Vera
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday has ordered a review on the different workout and energy drinks available in the market, amid basketball player Kiefer Ravena’s suspension by FIBA over a failed drug test.
FDA Director-General Nela Charade Puno said that “it is a perfect opportunity for FDA to reexamine content and labeling of so-called workout drinks.”
“I will immediately direct a thorough review of these products to protect the health and fitness-conscious public,” she said.
Ravena has been suspended for one and half years after he tested positive for three banned substances.
The positive drug test stemmed after he reportedly consumed a pre-workout drink called “Dust.”
“The FDA will appreciate the help and cooperation of Kiefer Ravena on this,” said Puno.
The FDA Chief said that the agency was mandated by Republic Act 9711 or the Food and Drug Administration Act of 2009 “to ensure the safety, efficacy, purity, and quality of food products, medicines, cosmetics, and medical devices.”