Recently, Crank Cycling Coach Chris Daggs sent me a list of supplements that were tainted and recalled by the FDA. . You can find the list here. The list is an excellent reminder that there are tainted supplements out there, and that an athlete is responsible for anything that winds up in his body. If a substance that is on the WADA banned list winds up in your body, you will get a suspension. It doesn't matter if it was an accident or not. Some of these supplements may even be purposefully tainted in in order to increase their efficacy. Most of the supplements on this list are bodybuilding supplements, and are unlikely to be taken by cyclists, but the other common classifications are basically penis pills and weigh loss supplements. I know many cyclists that might be tempted to try at least one of those..... And cyclists have been banned for unintentionally ingesting a banned substance in a tainted supplement. In 2002, professional rider Scott Moninger received a one year suspension when he tested positive for a metabolite of anabolic steroids. Moninger had unopened containers of the amino acid that he purchased at a local health food store. He took those unopened packages and had them tested at an independent lab, where they found the same anabolic substance that was in Moningers sample, giving pretty strong evidence that Moninger did not knowingly take the substance. Moningers 1 year suspension was considered a slap on the the wrist because he unknowingly ingested the substance. If he hadn't proven that it was taken on accident, he likely would have received a much longer ban. More recently in the Fall of 2011, an amateur racer in Florida received an 8 month ban for a banned substance that was apparently in an over the counter mass marketed energy drink he bought a local drug store. Tomorrow..... how often are supplements tainted?