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Two referred to court for selling steroids

By Khetam Malkawi - Feb 20,2013 - Last updated at Feb 20,2013

AMMAN — Two Jordanians, including a university professor, were referred to court this week for selling smuggled bodybuilding hormones, a Jordan Food and Drug Administration (JFDA) official said on Wednesday.

JFDA Director Hayel Obeidat said inspections of fitness clubs will continue apace this year, and the administration will not be lenient with any violation of food and drug laws.

Obeidat explained that the campaign started after reports showed that more than 14 young men had died as a result of taking bodybuilding hormones and performance enhancers.

Last month, a group found selling growth hormones to teenagers in fitness clubs were referred to court as well.

Meanwhile, in its inspection campaigns this week, the JFDA announced the closure of a salami factory in Sahab for violating food safety regulations, in addition to shutting down a well-known Chinese restaurant in Amman after finding rats in the kitchen.

The JFDA also destroyed 30 medical gas cylinders at a manufacturing company before they were distributed or used.

In addition, it destroyed seven tonnes of expired chocolate and candies, Obeidat said, noting that the distributors were caught relabeling these products and tampering with expiry dates.

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