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Decisions: Protein

Protein Rating for "Protein Powder"

Question: Is the common name "protein powder" permitted? Is there a minimum amount of protein required?

Answer: Section B.01.305 of the Food and Drug Regulations provides for representations regarding protein on foods that meet the conditions for the claim "source of protein" or "excellent source of protein". Therefore, the common name "protein powder" is acceptable if the product is either a good or an excellent source of protein. For information regarding the compositional requirements for protein claims, see Table 7-4 of the Guide to Food Labelling and Advertising.

If there is no Reasonable Daily Intake specified for the product in Schedule K of the Food and Drug Regulations, the reference amount for the food may be used. (updated 2006)