NSF Educates Consumers on Dietary Supplements with Free Fact Kit
ANN ARBOR, MI - The NSF Dietary Supplement Certification Program was featured on Peter’s Principles, a syndicated TV program hosted by world-class body building champion and fitness guru, Peter Nielsen. The program highlighted the importance of looking for the NSF Mark on products to ensure that the dietary supplement label matches what is actually in the product.
Peter’s Principles, which reaches more than 280 markets nationwide, is a half-hour multi-segmented magazine format program featuring a wide variety of information on health, nutrition and exercise trends. With more than 30,000 dietary supplements already on the market and another 1,000 added each year, consumers may be overwhelmed when purchasing a dietary supplement. The NSF segment was designed to help consumers make informed decisions when purchasing dietary supplements and functional foods.
“NSF tests to make sure that the label is accurate,” said Dr. Lori Bestervelt, Senior Vice President and Chief Technical Officer at NSF International. “But it doesn’t stop there, because NSF also conducts contaminant testing to make sure that the product does not have microbiologicals, pesticides, heavy metals and other harmful contaminants. NSF then takes the additional step of visiting the production facility to ensure that manufacturers are following Good Manufacturing Practices.”
NSF developed and maintains the only accredited American National Standard to test and certify dietary supplements – NSF/ANSI Standard 173. The standard helps determine that what’s on the label matches what’s in the package/bottle. If the product bears the NSF logo on its label, it means NSF has tested and verified ingredients, product and manufacturing processes. Consumers can access a list of NSF certified products at www.nsf.org/certified/dietary.
Also featured on Peter’s Principles was NSF’s Dietary Supplement Fact Kit, a free resource that helps consumers learn more about choosing a dietary supplement product and understand that there is only one certification mark that truly represents compliance with the American National Standard.
The Dietary Supplement Fact Kit, available free to consumers online, is designed to help answer many of the common questions that consumers have regarding nutritional products, including:
How certification protects consumers.
What kinds of claims can manufacturers really make?
What should I look for on a dietary supplement label?
What special considerations exist for students and professional athletes who take supplements?
“The NSF Mark really helps the consumer make an informed choice about choosing dietary supplements that are of high quality and meet label claims. It’s simple, all you have to do is look for the NSF Mark,” said Dr. Bestervelt during the Peter’s Principles segment.
For more information on dietary supplements, consumers can visit http://www.nsf.org/consumer/dietary_supplements/index.asp or email their questions to [email protected].
In addition to dietary supplements and functional foods, NSF offers general information on many other public health issues, including food and drinking water safety, disaster preparedness, the importance of getting children to wash their hands (http://www.scrubclub.org/) and other issues that impact the entire family's health and safety.
About NSF International: NSF International, an independent, not-for-profit organization, helps protect you by certifying products and writing standards for food, water, air and consumer goods (www.nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting public health and safety worldwide. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment. Additional services include safety audits for the food and water industries, management systems registrations delivered through NSF International Strategic Registrations, Ltd., organic certification provided by Quality Assurance International and education through the NSF Center for Public Health Education.