Part 4 of the BPI Protein Bible discusses the issue of protein spiking and what BPI has done to put an end to it.

THE BPI ADVANTAGE:

Unfortunately, with the rise in protein popularity comes supplement companies looking for various ways to cut costs. “Protein Spiking” is the term being used for this exact scenario. Protein spiking is essentially non-protein ingredients being added in to the content of the protein concoction and it being passed off as actual protein content. Let’s take a step back, though. You take protein to help you reach your goals. You take protein to maintain a healthy, balanced diet and strong body. That being said, if the true protein content is not EXACTLY what it states on the label of the product you’re buying, then how can you expect it to yield the results you are after? That fact of the matter is, you can’t, and that’s the real reason behind why BPI Sports started using ChromaDex®, a natural products company and leading independent laboratory, to test all of our proteins. This Third Party Verification protocol ensures no protein spiking and that the true ingredients and protein content match exactly what’s on the label. You want to know what you are buying…and this makes certain that you do.

WHAT CHROMADEX® TESTS FOR:

ChromaDex is the only company that combines proprietary science-based chemistry solutions and the necessary expertise to implement a true quality verification seal program. So, how is ChromaDex unique in comparison to other companies that test products for quality? ChromaDex uses a meticulous inspection program and analytical testing that covers FDA and cGMP (or Good Manufacturing Processes), as well as quality assurance and quality control testing. “Testing” is just one component of a complete verification program; a protocol that many companies use as the easy way out for “quality assurance” when in fact it does not test for quality OR compliance. ChromaDex goes far beyond that to ensure each product that goes through the verification program is in fact verified for everything that is listed on the label.

  1. GMP Compliance: More than just a basic checklist. This step audits the actual manufacturing facilities and the manufacturing process used to create the product being tested.
  2. QA Support: This additional step reviews the data collected from step #1 and consists of an experienced quality assurance team to support the above, GMP compliance.
  3. QC Testing: This vital step for any complete verification program consists of testing for contaminants (heavy metals, residual solvents, microbials) that could alter the quality and content of a product.
  4. Regulatory Review: Here, ChromaDex reviews all product labels for ingredients and claims as well as a safety and toxicology review.