The rate of loss of protein quality in enriched pasta was studied at constant temperature (30, 37 and 45°C) and under a continuous sine wave temperature fluctuation (25/45°C with a 24-hr period). Both loss of lysine by the fluoro-dinitro benzene (FDNB) method and a bioassay (Tetrahymena thermophila growth) for protein quality were employed. Significant loss of protein quality occurs in about 1 yr at temperatures above 30°C. The bioassay method showed that nutrient losses other than lysine could be occurring. Data from the constant temperature studies were used to predict the losses that occurred for the sine wave condition using the Hicks-Schwimmer model as modified with an Arrhenius approach. The prediction model gave about 15% error in comparison to actual losses. In addition, the rate of loss for the sine wave (25/45°C) was greater as predicted than the rate of loss at a constant mean temperature of 35°C.