Portugal’s health and safety institution ASAE has recently carried out random checks on 128 gymnasiums across Portugal, from which three criminal lawsuits and 48 cases of legal action were instigated.
Furthermore, 72 irregularities were also detected during the inspections, which were carried out in solariums, gymnasiums and health clubs.
According to information supplied from ASAE to Lusa News Agency, amongst the irregularities was the selling, trafficking or storing of illegal substances; unlawfully reproducing copy-right protected programmes and usurpation.
Four solariums and/or gym-health clubs were given notices to suspend their operations.
Amongst the most significant findings were 11 packages of steroids, 14 syringes, testosterone, human hormones, and 2,652 units of banned food supplements.
Last year ASAE carried out 259 inspections, with 15 establishments being temporarily shut down as a result.