Provincial Regulatory Bodies
Canadian Horse Racing Industry
SUBJECT: Capsaicin Advisory
The Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (CPMA) is advising veterinarians and racehorse trainers and owners that capsaicin is a prohibited substance in Canada due to its painkilling properties. Veterinary products containing capsaicin are not approved for use in Canada. Products containing capsaicin should not be administered to a racehorse.
Capsaicin is an extract from chili peppers that can be found in topical creams available over-the-counter in pharmacies.
Capsaicin can be detected in official samples, and may result in a positive test.
The CPMA strongly recommends that you consult your veterinarian on any decision to administer supplements or medications to a horse.
Executive Director, Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency
Directrice executive, Agence canadienne du pari mutuel