EXETER, California (KGPE) – Exeter Unified School District administrators decided to stop allowing its football players to drink a supplement, which was donated to the school by a former student.
The product claims to rehydrate players during the football games.
But parents claim they were never told by Exeter Unified administrators that their kids were drinking the supplement, which contains amino acids and other ingredients.
The issue all began after a Facebook video showed up, featuring the Exeter-Union High School football players mixing the supplement with water and drinking it during a football game.
Exeter Unified School Superintendent George Eddy says he gave the former student permission to film the advertisement, but was told the supplement was nothing more than another “Gatorade” mixture.
After CBS47 Investigative Reporter Erik Rosales asked about the mixture, the district decided to not allow the students to drink the product anymore.
CBS47 shared the product and its ingredients with a Community Regional Medical Centertoxicologist and emergency room doctor.
Dr. Rais Vohr says, “There are a lot of different kind of supplements and they have a lot of different chemicals in them. We occasionally see toxicity from people trying to bulk up or lose weight and these dietary supplements as you know are not regulated much by the FDA, which poses a potential hazard when people start taking them.”
Dr. Vohr says rigorous studies have not been done on many of these products because they are regulated by the Food and Drug Adminstration.
Dr. Vohr says, “Whenever you mix up supplements there is always that hazard you could have a side effect, just because how your own body reacts.”
CBS47 reached out to Rising Labs, the creator of the product several times through its website, but we did not get a response.
Exeter’s Superintendent sent CBS47 this response, “At this time we are not using the product until we investigate it. We will also be contacting the company to get more information.”
Parents and coaches CBS47 spoke with, declined on camera interviews but did say they wonder if the product violates any California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) – Central Division rules.
CBS47 put in a call the CIF office, but have not heard back at the time this report was filed.