Whey protein powder faces class-action lawsuit over allegations of "protein-spiking"
So you want to look like Arnold. Well, what better way to accomplish that than taking a bodybuilding whey protein product with the former Governator’s name on it? Indeed, in no time you could be telling that beer belly, Hasta la vista, baby.
But what if the protein on the label isn’t up to snuff?
The suit alleges that MusclePharm, through a practice known as “protein-spiking,” injects cheaper non-protein ingredients into its product to increase nitrogen content, which “is not a direct measure of actual protein content.”
The “protein-spiking agents” in Arnold Schwarzenegger Iron Mass include amino acids glycine, leucine and valine, the suit states. The suit notes how these ingredients are separated from the “actual protein” on the label. (To visualize this point, we’ve marked up the label right.)
MusclePharm is not the only supplement facing lawsuits for protein spiking. Since September, TINA.org has tracked eight class-action lawsuits on this issue.
Consumers whose workout regimens depend on a certain amount of protein would be wise to follow these lawsuits to see how the labeling issues pan out. We’ll provide updates as they come.
In the meantime, be skeptical of the protein count on the label.
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One Chinese government agency is so proud of how well they censor the Internet that they put their feelings to music
China’s Internet censorship agency now has it’s own choral anthem, a song titled “The Mind and Spirit of Cyberspace Security.” The New York Times reported Thursday that the lyrics to the song — which praises the agency’s commitment “to the global village, evolving it into its most beautiful form” — were written by Wang Pingjiu, who also wrote the lyrics for the opening song to the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
ProPublica watched, translated and subtitled the video.
Although the Times reported that copies of the video are being deleted quickly, ProPublica found copies easily via the popular Chinese social media site Sina Weibo.
In the song, employees proudly declare not only loyalty to their work, but that it is transforming the world into a better place. Lyrics include:
•“With loyalty and devotion, we watch over our domain day and night”
•“Contributing to the global village, evolving it into its most beautiful form”
•“In this universe, as hundreds of rivers flow across all of China, loyally searching for the sea, they carry with them the great Chinese culture and measure China’s greatness.”
While it is difficult to translate the exact meaning behind a song, one particular lyric could be referencing an old Chinese proverb — 水能载舟，亦能覆舟 — which stresses that while water can keep a boat afloat, it can also flip it over. The lyric, which reads “Integrity ripples only from a clear and pure nation,” may be referencing the fact that without integrity, the nation would flip over the government.
The official “Mind and Spirit” values of the Cyberspace Administration is defined by the agency as “Loyalty, responsibility, innovation, integrity, unity and devotion.”