Dear Price Plow, In response to this article and to the industry insider I'd like to clarify some things. The industry expert has said
it is possible a brand may not even be aware of this even if it is happening with their labeled product.
Now this can be true and false. It would be TRUE if the protein powdered is labeled with a nutrition facts panel. A nutrition facts panel would mean the protein powder is a FOOD. If it is a food then it does not have to follow the CFR 111's. and instead the 110's. MUCH less testing is required if the protein powder is a food and of course it MUCH less expensive to make a protein powder. Now this statement would be FALSE if the protein powder is labeled with a supplement facts panel thus making it a dietary supplement. Regardless if a company manufacturers their protein or buys it from a contract packager...THEY ARE RESPONSIBLE to follow the 111's. So many supplement companies think they can call up a contract manufacturer, make some supplements, and think they are immune to the 111's because their MANUFACTURER is FDA compliant. That is not the case. I copied the part in the 111's below.
If that protein powder is labeled a dietary supplement then the company knows DAMN well what is going into their protein powder. You have master manufacturing records, you have batch records, you have component testing. ALL REQUIRED.
If a company selling protein powder is FDA compliant and they label their protein powder as a supplement then you can be guaranteed that the product is legit. However there is one exception and that is ignorance..(see below) It is when the protein powdered is labeled as a FOOD product , THAT is when the funny stuff happens.
The industry expert also said dietary supplements are foods. dietary supplements are not foods, they are dietary supplements. If they were foods they would be labeled with a nutrition facts panel.
in response to his #3 statement. True IF it is labeled a FOOD!. If it is labeled a dietary supplement then the whey protein for example is TESTED when it is received for STRENGTH, COMPOSITION, and IDENTITY. This makes sure we got the protein % we wanted, and it is actually WHEY PROTEIN and nothing else.
BOTTOM LINE. ONLY BUY PROTEIN POWDER that has a supplement facts panel and ask to see a 3rd party lab analysis.
Ask to see the 3rd party lab analysis because, unfortunately, Most of the supplement companies that label their protein powders with a supplement facts panel do so just out of ignorance and have no clue what the 111's are. One easy way to tell if youre a layman, that a supplement company is NOT following the 111's or is ran by a bunch of morons is to see if their are any ZEROS listed in the supplement facts panel. The FDA regulations specifically states that ZERO is not permitted in the supplement facts panel. If you see something like 0 grams of fat on the back of a whey isolate supplement facts panel then do not BUT that protein powder, they company is not FDA compliant.
Sec. 111.1 Who is subject to this part?(a) Except as provided by paragraph (b) of this section, you are subject to this part if you manufacture, package, label, or hold a dietary supplement, including:
(1) A dietary supplement you manufacture but that is packaged or labeled by another person; and
(2) A dietary supplement imported or offered for import in any State or territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
(b) The requirements pertaining to holding dietary supplements do not apply to you if you are holding those dietary supplements at a retail establishment for the sole purpose of direct retail sale to individual consumers. A retail establishment does not include a warehouse or other storage facility for a retailer or a warehouse or other storage facility that sells directly to individual consumers.