Misleading Protein Powder Claims Lawsuit | Amino Spiking Protein Scam

Protein Powder Spiking Class Action Lawsuit | Amino Spiking Protein Scam

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misleading-protein-powder-claims-lawsuit-amino-spiking-protein-scamThe Oliver Law Group attorneys are investigating reports regarding “nitrogen spiking” among companies that manufacture protein powders. In an effort to reduce protein manufacturing costs, some companies add amino acids and other cheaper non-protein ingredients to increase the nitrogen content of the protein powder, fooling a common protein content test into thinking there is a higher concentration of protein. While amino acid spiking may raise the nitrogen levels of protein powder, this practice results in consumers paying for a lesser-quality product and not receiving 100 percent real protein.

If you are aware of companies involved in protein amino spiking and a protein manufacturer’s misleading information, or if you have suffered harm, you can take action. Please contact the Oliver Law Group P.C. today for a free, no obligation Protein Powder Spiking lawsuit review of your potential case. You can be confident that the Oliver Law Group P.C. will work diligently to pursue your claim to ensure that you are treated fairly and obtain justice. Contact the Oliver Law Group P.C. for your free Protein Powder Spiking lawsuit case review by filing out the form on the right or calling toll free 800-939-7878 today.

What is Protein Amino Spiking?

Supplement manufacturers that use high-quality proteins, such as whey, in their powders periodically experience an increase in their production costs. One way companies control expenses is to spike their products by adding non-protein amino acids to raise the overall nitrogen content of the protein powder. Gene Bruno, a dietary supplement scientist, stated in the April 2014 issue of Natural Products Insider, that the “dishonest ingredient suppliers” can generate tests showing a higher amount of protein than the true protein content. John Travis, senior research scientist at NSF International, stated that a method called, “Kjeldahl” is a common way of measuring the total amount of nitrogen in protein products and determining the total grams of protein in a protein supplement. According to Travis, the method involves “liberating” reduced nitrogen as ammonia and then measuring the ammonia. When non-protein substances are included, test results could show the product contains more protein than it actually does.
[nsf.org/newsroom_pdf/protein_spiking_pulse.pdf, April 2014]

According to the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) label regulations for foods and supplements allow protein to be calculated as a factor of nitrogen content, but the sources of nitrogen are not required to be included. The AHPA further stated that the industry needs a “defined standard” of what substances should be included in measuring nitrogen content. So, in April 2014, the AHPA created a voluntary standard for protein product manufacturers to:

  • Define protein as “a chain of amino acids connected by peptide bonds” for labeling purposes.
  • Use calculations to include only proteins that are “chains of amino acids connected by peptide bonds.”
  • Exclude any “non-protein nitrogen-containing substances” when counting total protein content.

[ahpa.org/Default.aspx?tabid=441, April 1, 2014]

Protein Users Should Check Product Labels

Consumers only have a product’s label to go by to determine whether a product contains 100 percent protein. According to Tim Ziegenfuss, CEO of the Center for Applied Health Sciences, a clinical research organization that conducts studies on dietary supplements, says consumers should look at protein powder labels for the following less-expensive substances that would indicate possible protein spiking:

  • Arginine
  • Creatine
  • Glycine
  • Taurine

While these ingredients may have specific benefits, General Nutrition Centers, Inc. (GNC) states that they should not be counted as protein grams. According to GNC, consumers cannot be sure that they are getting 100 percent protein in their products since companies don’t always show how they figure total grams of protein per serving.
[nsf.org/newsroom_pdf/protein_spiking_pulse.pdf, April 2014]
[gnclivewell.com/realprotein/]

In-depth experience and legal knowledge of the dietary, bodybuilding, and sports supplements industry

Nick Suciu is an attorney with the Oliver Law Group and has extensive experience and knowledge regarding the dietary, bodybuilding, and sports supplement industry and the science behind these supplements. Before joining the Oliver Law Group, Nick Suciu represented several dietary, bodybuilding, and sports supplements manufacturers and retailers and advised these clients in the areas of FDA regulatory, advertising and marketing law making sure the science behind these products backed up their claims. Now with the Oliver Law Group, Mr. Suciu is dedicated to fighting to protect consumers from sports nutrition and dietary supplements that may cause harm if used, or supplement manufacturers who intend to mislead consumers with their claims.

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The Oliver Law Group Attorneys are evaluating claims of protein spiking. If you have been misled by from a protein manufacturer labeling claims, or suffered an injury that may be due to a dietary, bodybuilding, or sports supplement, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Contact the Oliver Law Group P.C. for your free case review by filing out the form on the right or calling toll free 800-939-7878 today.

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