States’ Proposals To Age-Restrict Sports Nutrition Sales Miss Targeted Problems But Hit Retailers
MA and NY lawmakers propose prohibiting sales to consumers under 18 of supplements, OTC drugs for weight loss and muscle building and imposing $2,000 fines for violations. Supplement industry trade groups say the laws would not help solve eating disorders but would hammer retailers.
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Massachusetts legislation proposes age-restricting energy drink sales and says violating parties will face fines between $50 and $250. California bill would prohibit sales of weight loss and workout products to minors, as is already proposed in New York and Massachusetts.
“By placing SARMs on the same schedule as other anabolic steroid, we’re ensuring a safer and more transparent marketplace," says Iowa Republica Chuck Grassley, who sponsored the bill with Rhode Island Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse.
"We spent a lot of time in Massachusetts trying to point out the flaws in the legislation," says CRN government relations chief Mike Greene. CRN and other stakeholders could focus on the Massachusetts bill because no other similar proposals surfaced in other state legislatures this year.