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BSCG: The Gold Standard In Dietary Supplement Certification

Author: Rudy Mawer Contributing Author

Any KAGED MUSCLE fan will be well educated on the importance of high quality, controlled and banned substance free supplements.

As you will know, KAGED MUSCLE has quickly become the world’s leading, high quality and scientifically sound bodybuilding supplement company. On top of the quality and proven doses we offer, KAGED MUSCLE stand out from other competitors with their production quality and third party testing procedures.

But why is BSCG (Banned Substances Control Group) so important and why should you care?

If you’ve been part of the supplement industry for some time, you will know that pretty much every year athletes are banned and exposed for using illegal, performance-enhancing drugs. While this can often be a personal choice, for some unlucky yet honest athletes it can actually be an genuine mistake, where the supplement they use has been contaminated.

So, is your supplement actually contaminated with illegal and potentially dangerous steroids or drugs? It may actually be more likely than you think.

One of the most famous studies that highlighted this to the world was conducted in 2001, commissioned by the International Olympic Committee. In this study, they reviewed over 634 products from 215 suppliers in 13 countries and found a staggering 15% had undeclared prohibited substances, which either contained banned stimulants or anabolic steroids.

To put that into further perspective, that means 95 supplements out of 634 products being tested contained hazardous, banned substances! It’s also important to remember these are findings dating back 15 years ago, but with the large increase in low cost and smaller supplement companies these scary statistics will have likely increased!

Tennis has also played a large role in this, with a very controversial case involving Bohdan Ulihrach and Greg Rusedski, who tested positive for nandrolone or nandrolone prohormones in 2002 and 2003. In addition to this, Guillermo Coria sued an American nutritional supplement company after he received a 2 year ban for testing positivity to nandrolone back in 2001.

As you can see, the risk and threat is very real. Even if you aren't an elite athlete there is no reason to risk consuming trace amounts of potentially dangerous and illegal products in your supplement!

One way in which we ensure and verify the high quality and banned substance free promise from KAGED MUSCLE products is by using BSCG third party testing. Unlike other companies, all our products will be sent to an outside company to completely take over and make a full and extremely in-depth assessment of our supplements.

We chose BSCG as it is a highly respected company, currently known as the world’s leading authority in dietary supplement testing, helping to protect you, the consumer, from contamination with drugs or other agents that can lead to health concerns or positive drug tests.

The BSCG Certified Drug Free® program provides protection against 483 drugs, covering all the main agents and contaminants that could be found in other supplement companies.

Out of 483 drugs, this includes 272 drugs on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List and an additional 211 illicit, prescription or over-the-counter drugs not banned in the main stream sport that no other dietary supplement certification program covers.

In addition to the main testing for banned substances, BSCG also conducts a Certified Drug Free®, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) quality control process review. We’ve discussed the importance of the GMP in this article HERE <insert link>, but in short it ensures the manufacturing process follows a specific set of rules to ensure quality and safety.

As you can see, BSCG is just another important step that KAGED MUSCLE implements to ensure you, the consumer, is getting the safest, legal and highest quality product available. Start keeping a look out for the BSCG certificate on the label of all supplements; you may be surprised how few actually take this step to ensure safety and quality!


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