(ANN ARBOR, MI USA) - NSF International (www.nsf.org), The Public Health and Safety Company(tm), announces the certification of 48 additional Vitasmart® nutritional products, Kmart's exclusive vitamin brand. NSF is the leading global provider of public health and safety risk management solutions. In late 2002, Kmart received NSF Dietary Certification for it Vitasmart® Double Strength Glucosamine Chondroitin.
The NSF Dietary Supplement Certification Program used NSF/ANSI 173 - Dietary Supplements to evaluate the quality of each Kmart product. Standard 173 provides methodology and evaluation criteria to ensure that the products contain the identity and quantity of dietary ingredients declared on the product label and do not contain any undeclared ingredients. The American National Standard also provides test criteria for specific contaminants and conformance to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs).
Certified Kmart products bear the NSF mark on the labels, verifying to consumers that the vitamins contain the listed ingredient identities and quantities, and that they do not contain specific undeclared contaminants. The products are also listed on the NSF website (www.nsf.org) and in product listing books.
"For nearly 60 years, NSF has been providing third party product certification to applicants from food and water industries. As part of our continuing mission to protect and improve public health and welfare, we are pleased to expand our services to the dietary supplement industry," said Dennis R. Mangino, Ph.D., NSF President and CEO. "NSF and our clients believe dietary supplement certification assists consumers in identifying quality products in the marketplace and provides them with that extra level of confidence they may need to make informed purchasing decisions."
"Kmart is dedicated to delivering the best quality products to our customers," said Anne Marie Kehoe, Vice President, Drug Store, Kmart Corporation.
Kmart Corporation is a mass merchandising company that serves America through its Kmart and Kmart SuperCenter retail outlets www.kmart.com. The Company's common stock is currently quoted on the Pink Sheets Electronic Quotation Service www.pinksheets.com under the symbol KMRTQ.
NSF International, a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization, is the leading global provider of public health and safety risk management solutions. NSF provides product certification and safety audits for the food and water industries. Other services include management systems registrations delivered through NSF International Strategic Registrations, Ltd., and education through the NSF Center for Public Health Education. Serving companies in 88 countries, NSF was founded in 1944 and is headquartered in Ann Arbor, MI USA.
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