The yellow discolouration is to be solely considered a quality defect. Operators of hog slaughter and processing establishments are responsible for ensuring that discoloured products, including yellow bones, are not offered for sale to consumers. No action or special inspection activity is to be undertaken by CFIA during post-mortem procedures as this is an operator quality managed defect. Furthermore, considering that the yellow colouring of bones may disappear after the carcass has remained a certain time in the cooler, operators can decide that the removal of parts of bones that showed a yellow discoloration at the time the carcass was dressed, is no longer justified once the carcass is ready to be boned at the establishment or shipped. Should the removal of these bones from the carcass take place at another Federally Registered Establishment a control program acceptable to the Veterinarian in Charge shall be put in place.
Transdermal patches (adhesive patches placed on the skin) may also be used to deliver a steady dose through the skin and into the bloodstream. Testosterone-containing creams and gels that are applied daily to the skin are also available, but absorption is inefficient (roughly 10%, varying between individuals) and these treatments tend to be more expensive. Individuals who are especially physically active and/or bathe often may not be good candidates, since the medication can be washed off and may take up to six hours to be fully absorbed. There is also the risk that an intimate partner or child may come in contact with the application site and inadvertently dose himself or herself; children and women are highly sensitive to testosterone and can suffer unintended masculinization and health effects, even from small doses. Injection is the most common method used by individuals administering AAS for non-medical purposes.