Natural Products Insider

MAR-APR 2019

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who the actual producer is to ensure it's not a supplier that is neutralizing documents or selling others' goods as their own. If the material is an herb or extract thereof, brands should make sure it has adequate standards to confi rm identifi cation. Implement a rejection policy that destroys counterfeit or adulterated materials. Decide how to qualify raw material suppliers, preferably with a quality team visit and audit. Know the fi nancial condition of the supplier. Companies with high amounts of leverage are more susceptible to fall prey to the temptation of economically driven adulteration to improve profi tability. Seek and obtain appropriate valid documentation from the supplier. Ask for compliance documents from the supplier, e.g., inspection reports, third-party inspection reports, documentation concerning product recalls, etc. Brands should check these against public fi les available online from the agencies in question. Establish who is responsible for the purity and potency of raw materials. Much of this is covered by regulatory framework, but brands must ensure legal responsibility is documented, and they should set up guard rails for handling "out-of-specifi cation" ingredients. Receive appropriate assurances of country of origin. Develop clear standards for the procedures of qualifi cation, identifi cation verifi cation, shelf life validation, microbiological standards, positive release or rejection, etc. Given the signifi cant expense associated with installing a quality system, it may behoove producers in the dietary supplement industry to adopt benchmarking created by the Supplement Safety Compliance Initiative (SSCI,, which is in advanced stages of releasing protocols and recommendations for auditing, procurement and identifi cation testing. The objective of SSCI is to enhance consumer confi dence. A critical component of this endeavor is to provide maximum transparency in the supply chain. Without question, now is the time for transparency in documentation, sourcing and legal liability. Mark A. LeDoux is founder, chairman and chief executive offi cer of Natural Alternatives International Inc. (NAI, an organization established in 1980 with facilities in the United States and Switzerland engaged in the research, design and manufacture of nutritional supplement programs and products for multinational clients. LeDoux has been a proud member since 1980 of the Natural Products Association (NPA) based in Washington, currently serving as chairman of its Board of Directors. Secaucus, NJ Meadowlands Exposition Center April 9-10, 2019 5,000+ ingredients & solutions 250+ suppliers 3,500+ industry participants Register at 2 days 9 APRIL Contract Manufacturing: Supply Chain Transparency

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