Cargill’s OptaFlex(TM) Natural Chondroitin Receives USP Verification Mark

MINNEAPOLIS – Cargill Health & Food Technologies’ (H&FT) OptaFlex™ natural chondroitin has received the verification mark from U.S. Pharmacopeia’s (USP) Ingredient Verification Program. The USP program is a rigorous, multi-step process that includes an evaluation of GMP (good manufacturing practices) compliance, review of quality control (QC) documents, and laboratory testing of lots for compliance with the USP monograph for the chondroitin sulfate sodium.

The vice president of verification programs for USP, V. Srini Srinivasan, Ph.D., stated, “We are excited and pleased to be able to verify chondroitin sulfate from Cargill.” Meeting the verification program requirements highlights Cargill’s final step in achieving both the product specifications and quality documentation requirements for the product.

“The USP verification process is one of the industry’s most exacting audits. These results confirm Cargill’s ongoing commitment to bringing only the highest quality ingredients to the global marketplace,” said Lee Knudson, OptaFlex™ chondroitin product line manager, Cargill H&FT. “This is an important milestone in our product development process.” OptaFlex™ natural chondroitin, previously self-affirmed with GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe) status, is manufactured using a proprietary, water-based process that enables great tasting joint health consumer products.


Cargill Health & Food Technologies, based in Minneapolis, is a leading developer, processor and marketer of science-based, healthy ingredients for food and dietary supplements worldwide. Cargill H&FT is part of Cargill’s Food System Design initiative in which Cargill businesses work with customers to produce ingredient solutions for affordable, nutritious, convenient and appetizing consumer products. Cargill H&FT is a business unit of Cargill, an international provider of food, agricultural and risk management products and services. With 101,000 employees in 59 countries, the company is committed to using its knowledge and experience to collaborate with customers to help them succeed. For more information, visit

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