SALT LAKE CITY, Feb 25, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- USANA Health Science Inc.'s (USNA) Nutrimeal(TM) drink mix is the first meal replacement product in the Australian market to carry the coveted Glycemic Index (GI) Symbol. The GI Symbol Program is a public health initiative run by Glycemic Index Limited, which provides consumers with a credible signpost to healthier food choices using the internationally recognized benefits of GI and sound nutrition.
A 2005 consumer study conducted by A C Nielsen revealed that 86 percent of the Australian public is aware of the important role of the GI in proper nutrition and weight management and 57 percent of shoppers there use the GI Symbol as an incentive to switch brands. USANA is pleased to provide many products that live up to some of the highest standards in the world. Nutrimeal is just one of these products. It is an ideal, balanced nutritional drink mix that is a quality source of protein, low-glycemic carbohydrates, dietary fiber and many micronutrients. As a product approved to carry the GI Symbol, USANA's Nutrimeal met specific nutritional criteria and had its GI measured using the program's approved method.
Along with its line of drink mixes and nutritional bars, USANA Health Sciences also manufactures world-class nutritional supplements. In several countries around the world, supplements are more highly regulated than in the United States. In Australia, for example, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), which regulates dietary supplements as complimentary medicines, mandates that manufacturers follow a set of current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) similar to pharmaceutical GMP in the United States. As an Australian supplier, USANA is regularly inspected and audited to ensure its products meet the TGA's cGMP standards on complimentary medicine products. USANA's nutritional supplement products also carry a potency guarantee, which ensures that what is stated on the label is actually contained in the product.
Some of USANA's foundation nutritional supplements, including the Essentials(TM), Proflavanol(TM) 90 and the HealthPak 100(TM), have been exhaustively tested by NSF International and have been found to contain all ingredients at the labeled amounts. NSF is an independent, not-for-profit organization that helps protect consumers by certifying products and writing standards for food, water, air and consumer goods.
"USANA Health Sciences and our independent Associates have been providing the world with exceptional nutritional products since 1992," USANA President Dave Wentz said. "We are pleased to receive this recognition of the nutritional benefits of Nutrimeal, and we look forward to sharing our high-quality products for many years to come."
USANA Health Sciences develops and manufactures high-quality nutritionals, personal care, and weight management products that are sold directly to Preferred Customers and Associates throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
About Glycemic Index Limited
Glycemic Index Limited was established to help consumers make healthier lifestyle choices by combining the benefits of low GI and sound nutrition. With this in mind, the company has trademarked an eye-catching GI rating symbol used on food packaging to alert consumers to low GI ratings. The program's members are the University of Sydney, Diabetes Australia and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.