Multiviamins Made By CRN Member Companies Pass Consumerlab.Com Testing

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 21, 2004 - tested 32 multivitamin supplements, 4 vitamin waters, and 3 supplements marketed for pets. Of the multivitamins tested, the 15 products made by CRN member companies passed. A list of these follows. These results demonstrate that responsible companies manufacturing products under good manufacturing practices can and do provide quality products to consumers.

The fact that some major brands of products failed draws attention to some issues relating to the criteria used by in testing products. For example, some products failed the test because they had low folic acid levels. This is a matter of particular concern because of the critical importance of folic acid. At the same time, one product failed because it had twice the amount of folic acid indicated on the label. This is a Catch-22. Folic acid is a highly unstable nutrient and the daily recommended intake is small. The only way to ensure adequate levels of this nutrient is to include more than the labeled amount at the time of manufacture to guarantee that every tablet will have at least the labeled amount and to compensate for degradation over time. used 150% as the maximum allowable amount, but a somewhat higher amount would not be unreasonable.'s press release calls attention to the failures and does not give appropriate recognition to the excellent products that passed the tests.

Multiviamins Made By CRN Member Companies That Passed Consumerlab.Com Testing

  • Centrum® High Potency, Centrum® Performance®, and Centrum® Silver®, made by Wyeth
  • Nutrilite® Daily, Nutrilite® Double X®, and Nutrilite® Kids, made by Access Business Group
  • Puritan's Pride® Mega Vita Gel, Puritan's Pride® Ultra Vita-min, and Puritan's Pride® ABC Plus® Senior, made by NBTYGNC Women's Ultra Mega®, made by GNC
  • Nature Made® Essential Woman, made by Pharmavite
  • One a Day® for Women and Flintstones® Complete, made by Bayer
  • Just Once® Naturals Women's OneTM, Just Once Naturals Prenatal OneTM, and Just Once® Naturals Active OneTM Senior, made by Rainbow Light®


      The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), founded in 1973, is a Washington, D.C.-based trade association representing dietary supplement industry ingredient suppliers and manufacturers. CRN members adhere to a strong code of ethics, comply with dosage limits and manufacture dietary supplements to high quality standards under good manufacturing practices.

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