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A COMPANY who supplied Fremantle with supplements was fined more than $3 million for importing unregistered substances in 2012, according to The Age.

Export Corporation, whose parent company Nurtrition Systems was a Freo sponsor from 2008 to 2009, was reportedly found guilty of 35 unlawful importations between 2007 and 2008.

"It is believed the company's supplements were not extensively used during the period," the report says.

AFL.com.au is not suggesting any Fremantle players have used illegal substances or were supplied them by Nutrition Systems.

Nutrition Systems was fined for 35 separate imports of substances not listed on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods. Included in the haul were supplements that increased muscle growth.

It follows another series of big developments:
- Fairfax Media alleged that Essendon footballers were injected in their stomachs by sacked Bombers official Stephen Dank last season as well as being intravenously fed supplements at a botox clinic. It has also been alleged that a club doctor was not always present during these times.
- Dank is reported to be a part owner in a clinic based in Sydney that sells peptides online.
- AFLPA chief Matt Finnis said players were being used as guinea pigs
- A former footballer told Fairfax Media it is easy to get around doping tests

On Wednesday morning, the Australian Crime Commission released an explosive report into the use of performance enhancing drugs in Australian sport. The 12-month investigation found sport had been infiltrated by organised crime. It also found strong evidence of banned substance use among multiple athletes in multiple codes.

On Wednesday afternoon, following an emergency meeting of the AFL Commission, the League vowed that those who cheated the system would be caught. The AFL announced a set of sweeping measures aimed at stamping out performance-enhancing drugs. They include a whistleblower service, and background checks on all club personnel who work with players.

Elsewhere, former Tiger and Bulldog Nathan Brown revealed he was offered human growth hormone during his career. Brown became the second former player since the Essendon scandal broke, after Warren Tredrea, to admit to being offered performance enhancing drugs. The offer was from a friend of a former AFL fitness coach. Brown said no.