Certification from NSF International Reinforces CytoSport’s Efforts as a Leading Sports Supplement Manufacturer
ANN ARBOR, Mich. and BENICIA, Calif. – CytoSport Inc., a premier manufacturer of sports-oriented nutritional products, today announced that Muscle Milk® (Vanilla Crème, Chocolate and Cookies 'N Crème) has earned certification from NSF International’s Athletic Banned Substances Certification program. The NSF Certified for Sport™ program is designed to reduce the risk that a dietary or sports supplement contains banned substances.
The NSF Certified for Sport™ program was developed in response to growing demands by athletes, coaches, team owners and others concerned about finding banned substances in sports nutrition products. NSF International’s Certified for Sport™ program is recognized by the National Football League (NFL), Major League Baseball (MLB), Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES), the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) and the PGA, among other major sports organizations.
“It has been our mission to provide only the highest quality nutritional products to both professional and amateur athletes striving to reach their potential. For over 11 years, CytoSport has manufactured high quality, efficacious products and this certification from NSF International solidifies that mission,” said Chris Kildow, Director of Sports Marketing, CytoSport.
CytoSport™ fully supports the efforts of NSF International and leading sports organizations, including the International Olympic Committee (IOC), NFL and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), to eliminate the use of performance-enhancing drugs and steroids.
CytoSport’s Certified for Sport™ approval complements CytoSport’s existing NSF International Dietary Supplements and NSF Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) for Sport Certifications. To receive these certifications, CytoSport underwent a stringent testing analysis, a GMP facility audit and banned substances screening. CytoSport also met the requirements of NSF/ANSI Standard 173, the only American national standard for dietary supplements, which NSF developed to address the safe manufacturing of dietary supplements. The NSF standard includes criteria for testing products for contaminants and heavy metals, verifying that what’s on the label is in the bottle and auditing manufacturing facilities to ensure they operate using GMPs. In addition, NSF’s GMP for Sport certification component requires two annual GMP for Sport facility audits and manufacturer affidavits to verify that CytoSport does not source any ingredients on the World Anti-Doping Agency, NFL, MLB, and CCES banned substances lists.
NSF International Certification also requires ongoing monitoring and testing to verify that certified products remain free of contaminants and banned substances, including stimulants, narcotics, steroids, diuretics, beta-2-agonists, masking agents and other substances.
Edward Wyszumiala, General Manager of NSF International’s Dietary Supplements Certification Programs stated, “CytoSport has already been certified by NSF’s Dietary Supplements and GMP for Sport Certification programs. Now by also meeting NSF International’s Certified for Sport™ program requirements, CytoSport has gone above and beyond to demonstrate their overall commitment in ensuring Muscle Milk® meets the most stringent standards.”
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About CytoSport: CytoSport is one of the leading sport and lifestyle nutrition companies in the United States and offers a complete line of protein-enhanced, ready-to-drink beverages, powders, shakes and bars. Muscle Milk® was recently named winner of the 2009 CSP Retailer Choice Best New Product contest, Best Functional Beverage and Beverage of the Year by BevNet, and 2009 Company of the Year by Beverage Forum presented by Beverage Marketing Corporation and Beverage World. For more information on CytoSport products, visit: www.cytosport.com.
About NSF International: NSF International, an independent, not-for-profit organization, helps protect consumers by certifying products and writing standards for food, water, dietary supplements and consumer goods (www.nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide and operates in more than 120 countries. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment.
NSF’s Dietary Supplement Certification program verifies that what is on the label is in the bottle and that the product does not contain undeclared ingredients or contaminants. NSF’s Athletic Banned Substances Certification program builds on the dietary supplement certification program by including screening that ensures the product does not contain banned or prohibited substances. MLB, the MLB Player’s Association, NFL, the NFL Player’s Association, PGA, LPGA and the CCES have all chosen NSF’s Certified for Sport™ program to help verify the products their athletes use are safer and free of banned substances. NSF GMP for Sport™ certification verifies that the facility, operations and ingredient sourcing are in compliance with GMP requirements via ongoing audits.