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SAIDS Advisory on the herbal supplement ‘BIOGEN TESTOFORTE’

Posted 07 July 2017

An advisory from the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS), released yesterday.

[Response from Dischem/Biogen in a Times Live article]

Independent laboratory [1] analysis of the herbal supplement ‘BIOGEN TESTOFORTE’ revealed the presence of the following anabolic steroids, not listed on the product label: 4-Androstene-3,17-dione, 5alpha-Androstanedione and 5beta-Androstanedione.

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Biogen Testoforte found to contain ‘roids’

Posted 07 July 2017

This article in Times Live, reports that Biogen Testoforte was found by the SA Doping Control Laboratory to contain steroids, and reported in a South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport SAIDS release.

It is incredible the ‘spin’ that Dischem/Biogen are putting on the findings.

For example: ““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 in laboratory tests‚” Epstein said.

NO, no, no! This is NOT what the lab has demonstrated.

“The product remains on sale in Dis-Chem stores‚ but an extra warning had been added “as a precautionary measure” to products containing Tribulus Terrestris‚ Epstein said.”

This is not acceptable. This is akin to saying because your breakfast cereal has been found to have cocaine in addition, instead of removing the product, Read the rest

Biogen Testoforte: ASA ruling – website advert

For all Biogen Testoforte articles, including recent ones related to the sportsman, Demarte “The Wolf” Pena who was suspended for using steroids, and then dumped as the brand ambassador by Biogen, whose product caused him to test positive for steroids(!) click here (opens in a new browser window)

[note note_color=”#fcfcd4″]Biogen “Testoforte” / K Charelston / 19705
Ruling of the : ASA Directorate
In the matter between:
Kevin Charleston Complainant(s)/Appellant(s)
Ultimate Sports Nutrition (Pty) Ltd Respondent [/note]

16 Aug 2012
Mr Charleston lodged a consumer complaint against website advertising on the URL The advertising promotes the respondent’s product using, inter alia, the following claims:

• “Increases testosterone within natural ranges”;
• “Maintains lean muscle”;
• “Heightens energy levels, sex drive and physical performance”;

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Biogen Testoforte: ASA ruling – print advert

[note note_color=”#fcfcc0″]Biogen “Testoforte” / K Charleston / 19706
Ruling of the : ASA Directorate
In the matter between:
Kevin Charleston Complainant(s)/Appellant(s)
Ultimate Sports Nutrition (Pty) Ltd Respondent[/note]

16 Aug 2012

Mr Charleston lodged a consumer complaint against a print advertisement promoting the respondent’s “Testoforte” product. The advertisement appeared in the Sunday Times during February 2012.

The advertisement is headed “WHY TESTOSTERONE IS THE MALE DRIVER” and contains, inter alia, an image of the product packaging. The following claims are visible on the packaging:

• “Increases testosterone production within natural ranges”;
• “Maintains lean muscle mass”;
• “Heightens energy levels, sex drive and physical performance”.

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Biogen Tribulus – ASA Santions – 31 January 2014

On 11 September 2013 the ASA ruled against the claims being made for this product. On 8 November 2013, the ASA ruled in favour of a breach complaint which pointed out that the same claims were still being made, and that sanctions were suggested. In this ruling, the ASA considered what sanctions were applicable.

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Fighter faces tough bout against supplement maker

Posted 10 July 2017

This is a real disgusting story, if the reporter is correct.

Demarte “The Wolf” Pena was suspended for using steroids, resulting in him being dumped by the sport supplement company (Biogen) for which he worked as brand ambassador. It turns out that he tested positive from steroids present in a Biogen product which he was using. In addition, there have been a number of ASA rulings against unsubstantiated claims being made for product, which Biogen continues to do in spite of the rulings.

“Biogen marketing manager Brandon Fairweather said Testoforte was not part of the company’s sport supplement range and that it was “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”.”

If this was true, then the product automatically becomes a Schedule 5 Category A drug!

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USN issues a ‘Take-down’ notice for CamCheck

Posted 18 March 2015

This tells of USN’s CEO, Albe Geldenhuys’ assault on our right to expose and make “fair comment” on the lack of evidence for USN products, and by implication, on the ethics and morals of those involved; and for our (previous) ISP, Hetzner, for not protecting their client and not supporting the principles of the ISPA code of conduct which positions: “ISPA members must respect the constitutional right to freedom of speech and expression”. This aspect is elaborated upon in two articles published in the online community news reporting project, GroundUp:
(Consumer activist forced to move website offshore – Barbara Maregele)
(A stealthy attempt at censorship – Kevin Charleston)

On the 10 March 2015, CamCheck received a “Take-down” request from Hetzner, who in turn received this request from ISPA. ISPA received a letter (see) from USN’s lawyers, Weavind & Weavind, who … Read the rest

USN: Previous ASA rulings

These are a list of ASA rulings against USN for claims for products that are false. In spite of these rulings, USN has continued to abuse and scam consumers. 

The rulings below include all rulings made as tabulated by the ASA and updated as of 30 September 2015. We are also reliably informed that the UK ASA have ruled against a number of USN products.

Previous ASA rulings:

  1. USN Carb Binder – ASA breach ruling – 23 April 2015
  2. USN Fat Block / HA Steinman / 20454 – 19 Nov 2014
  3. USN “Waterslim” / H A Steinman / 2014 – 685 F 14 Nov 2014
  4. USN Phedra-Cut Lipo XT – ASA Breach ruling – 02 October 2014
  5. USN Fat Block / HA Steinman / 20454 – 15 September 2014
  6. USN / Rw De Lange / 20632 (Breach ruling)  – 17 September 2014
  7. USN / 19-Testo Mass / H Steinman /
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