Friday, 20 September 2019 17:46

Industry Notice: Capsaicin Advisory

Written by Lisa Foss, CPMA Executive Director
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Provincial Regulatory Bodies
Canadian Horse Racing Industry
Horsepersons Groups

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.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact CPMA by telephone at 1-800-268-8835 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Lisa Foss
Executive Director, Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency
Directrice executive, Agence canadienne du pari mutuel

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