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13th September 2015
Italy’s National Anti-doping Tribunal (TNA) has instructed the forensic toxicology department of the CTU University of Milan to ascertain if the supplement Jack3D contains cocaine or its metabolites. The legal team defending Lyons Piacenza rugby union player Gianluca Cammi, who returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for a metabolite of cocaine in January, has argued that Jack3D is the source of the AAF.
In a statement, Italy’s National Anti-Doping Agency (NADO Italia) said that experts had been asked to ascertain firstly if newly packaged, sealed and labelled Jack3D contains cocaine; and secondly if cocaine is found in the product, if the amount could be compatible with with a finding of cocaine metabolite, benzoylecgonine, in an athlete’s sample. USP Labs of Dallas, Texas – which manufactures Jack3D, has not commented on the case to date.
In 2015, USP Labs was indicted by the Department of Justice (DoJ) on various charges of fraud, which the company denied. It is understood that the case has yet to go to trial, but that USP Labs has sought dismissal of the indictment.
The TNA has asked for the toxicology report to be produced by 8 September. A hearing of the case has been fixed for 2 October 2017.
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