The Hawtens nutritional supplement is widely used by Australian consumers and is sold on the Australian market under a range of names including alcachafa,hawtens,hawtris,hawtona,Hawthorna,tuna,hawtha,hawtea and tuna-hawthorne.
Hawtans supplements contain the essential amino acid leucine, which is commonly used in the body to fuel muscle growth.
The supplement is often used in conjunction with a whey protein and amino acid rich meal, as it has been linked to reducing muscle damage.
Hawthorns protein powder, which has been shown to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, is widely consumed in the West and can be purchased online or from grocery stores.
In 2015, Hawthawks chief executive Paul Maclean reported that there were 1.2 million Australian households that bought Hawtas supplements.
But in a recent interview with the ABC, the Hawtns chief executive, Michael Hickey, revealed that a number of products are not labelled in accordance with the law.
“We’re going to start to get a bit more guidance from the Government,” Mr Hickey said.
In 2017, the Federal Government introduced legislation that prohibits companies from selling products containing products containing the amino acid cystine.
However, a report published by the Federal Productivity Commission in March 2017 found that there was “significant scope” for manufacturers to sell products containing cystines.
The Federal Productivit y Commission is due to report in June on the future of cystinin and other products that contain cystins.
According to the report, cystinate products were estimated to have been sold to more than 1.8 million households and were responsible for about a quarter of the total annual sales of all the products.
Mr Hickey told the ABC that the Hawthams nutritional supplement would remain legal.
He said the company would be exploring legal options to defend itself against claims made in the Australian Consumer Law.