Survey of synthetic amino acids in supplemented sports foods and compliance with food standards code

R. Noble, C. Rayner, M. Kerr, A. J. Sinclair

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Sports foods (142) including protein powders, amino acid concentrate powders, slices and drinks were analysed for free amino acids to test compliance with label claim and Standard R10 for formulated supplementary sports foods proclaimed in 1998 by the Australia New Zealand Food Authority. Of these, 72% failed to comply with label claims for free amino acids and 27% exceeded maximum permitted levels. In some products, free amino acids found at high concentrations were not disclosed on the label, while other amino acids specified on the label were not detected. Many products contained amino acids at concentrations significantly below label claims and often at concentrations equal to or below the limit of detection. Regulatory bodies need to monitor sports foods and drinks to test compliance with label claims and Standard R10.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)359-364
Number of pages6
JournalFood Australia
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 27 Aug 2002
Externally publishedYes

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