The International Stevia Council (ISC) and ChromaDex Corp.® (otcqb:CDXC), an innovative natural products company that provides proprietary, science-based solutions and ingredients to the dietary supplement, food and beverage, animal health, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries, have entered into an agreement whereby ChromaDex is to provide, for the next two years, the Reference Benchmark Standard in the ISC's Proficiency Testing Program (PTP) for stevia leaf extracts.
"The aim of the new Reference Benchmark Standard is twofold," explained Larry Fernandes, president of the ISC. "We want to ensure we continue improving our testing capabilities in the PTP by having all participants use the same Reference Benchmark Standard to remove the potential differences attributable to using multiple reference standards. Introducing a common reference baseline across all participants will provide more focused and better guidance as to differences in methods and laboratory practices in the PTP from a statistical point of view."
"We are pleased to be working with the International Stevia Council," said Frank L. Jaksch Jr., ChromaDex's founder and chief executive officer. "The council's selection of ChromaDex to provide such important industry benchmarking of methods and analytical standards in accordance with international quality standards is a testament to our commitment to quality and our proven experience."
The PTP was launched by the ISC in 2011. In addition to members of the ISC, participants in the program also include companies, laboratories and research organizations. For more information about the program, please visit internationalsteviacouncil.org.