BREAKING NEWS – American Sports Nutrition (ASN) makers of the popular protein powder AMERICAN WHEY fail three FDA inspections

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FDA NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release: July 10, 2009

Media Inquiries: Siobhan DeLancey, 301-796-4668, [email protected]
Consumer Inquiries: 888-INFO-FDA

FDA Takes Enforcement Action Against Three New Jersey Dietary Supplement and Protein Powder Manufacturers
Companies failed to declare allergens in products and correct filthy conditions
The U.S. Department of Justice, on behalf of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, has filed a complaint for permanent injunction against Quality Formulation Laboratories, Inc., American Sports Nutrition Inc., Sports Nutrition International LLC and Mohamed S. Desoky, who oversees operations at all three companies.

The companies, located in Paterson, N.J., manufacture dietary supplements and protein powders and distribute them throughout the United States. The companies also export powder mixes and dietary supplements for sale by private label customers.

The government’s complaint, filed July 1, 2009 in the U.S. District Court of New Jersey, alleges that the companies have failed to follow current Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) by manufacturing and storing food under filthy conditions and in conditions that may cause major food allergens to enter into products not intended to contain them.

The complaint also alleges that the companies failed to disclose major food allergens on the product labels and have other labeling problems.

During a recent inspection, FDA investigators found that several of the companies’ products contained milk ingredients that were not declared on the product labels. In addition, the company failed to clean processing equipment between batches and control allergens in the facility.

FDA investigators also discovered live and dead rodents and rodent urine, feces and gnaw holes on bags of product.

In three inspections, FDA investigators noted deviations from GMP standards. The companies promised to make corrections, but they failed to do so. The complaint requests a court order to stop the companies and its officer from manufacturing and distributing the products until needed corrections are made.

“This company has consistently failed to correct filthy conditions in their plants and to make sure that allergens are appropriately declared on the labels, despite frequent warnings to do so,” said Michael Chappell, the FDA’s acting associate commissioner for regulatory affairs. “The FDA will not tolerate companies that fail to provide adequate safeguards.”

Consumers with allergies to milk ingredients who have used these products and are experiencing any symptoms should contact their health care professional.

Consumers can report problems with FDA-regulated products to their district office consumer complaint coordinator.

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7 comments to BREAKING NEWS – American Sports Nutrition (ASN) makers of the popular protein powder AMERICAN WHEY fail three FDA inspections

  • Very nice post on nutrition. Hope to learn more from you.

  • I also suspect they don’t meat label claims

    I’m will to bet they have more sugar then they say and less protein then what is listed on the label

  • Jack of all trades, master of none

  • Brad

    I strongly feel it is very unfortunate, knowing I thought I had been taking such a great product. Sadly learning of these unexcusable situations and circumstances makes me feel betrayed and lied to. What kind of (so called) product have I been putting into my body anyway?! For All we know, we may have been poisoning ourselves and not even know it. What kind of crooked company is this? Very outraging! Even if the situation in all it’s aspects are corrected, I don’t think I’ll no longer use the product ever again, nor recommend it to anyone else. If things change, I’m not sure I could still trust the company. Who’s to say production won’t just slip back into the same habits as before? You just lost one more dedicated customer!

  • Megan

    OMG!!! I’ve been using this product for the past 6 or 7 years and am outraged as well!! Damn it!!

  • medic 1997

    FEEL THAT I HAVE BEEN LIED TO FOR 12 + YEARS SINCE USING THAT PROTEIN..I HOPE THAT THE FDA SHUTS THEM DOWN INDEFINATELY!! YOU JUST NEVER KNOW WHOM YOU CAN TRUST ANYMORE…EVEN MORE ISTURBING IS THAT THE COMPANY AND THE SHIT HEAD CEO’S DID NOT COMPLY WITH THE ORDERS…SERVES THEM RIGHT

  • Brendin

    Wow, thats crazy, been drinking it for 2 years but noticed a change in taste the last time I purchased it. How sickening!