A recent Consumer Reports story (July 2010 issue) raised questions about the trace levels of cadmium and arsenic found in popular protein shakes including our Myoplex® Original Rich Dark Chocolate shakes. We want to assure you that there is no safety risk from the trace levels of cadmium and arsenic in Myoplex protein shakes.
The Consumer Reports testing was based on consumption of three shakes per day. Our recommended up to two servings of Myoplex daily, as stated on the label, is well below the current accepted standards and below the proposed U.S. Pharmacopeia limits.
Trace levels of these elements are naturally found in the environment and in many foods we eat daily (such as shellfish, potatoes, rice, and leafy greens). We conduct extensive testing to ensure the quality of our products. Each time the shakes have been tested for elements, such as arsenic and cadmium, the results are below the limit of all current, well-established safety standards.
You can continue to use Myoplex shakes with confidence. If you have questions about how much protein is appropriate for your needs, you should talk to your doctor or other health care professional.
If you have any other questions, please contact our Consumer Relations team at 1-800-297-9776.
EAS Participation in the NSF International Certified for Sport Program™
As part of our comprehensive, ongoing testing processes we use independent, third party laboratories to confirm product safety and quality. Since a significant number of our EAS products are used by professional sports leagues, we have those products tested by NSF International, an independent, not-for-profit health and safety organization that tests and certifies products under the Certified for Sport™ program to be free of banned substances and contaminants.
NSF's banned substance testing is lot specific. Additionally, the certified products have been verified for ingredient content as well as tested for contaminants against NSF label testing requirements. At this time, the EAS Original Myoplex Rich Chocolate ready-to-drink shake is not included in the Certified for Sport program, as it is not currently used by professional sports leagues.
To view NSF International's current, independent testing of EAS products, please visit:
To learn more about the NSF Certified for Sport™ Program