(ANN ARBOR, MI USA) – NSF International (www.nsf.org), The Public Health and Safety Company™, announces the first national retail brand to receive certification through the NSF Dietary Supplements Certification Program. NSF is the world leader in standards development, product certification, education and risk-management services for public health and safety. The Perrigo Company Good Sense® Brand Nutritional Products that have been certified will be listed on the NSF consumer web site and in NSF certified product listing books.
The NSF Dietary Supplements Certification Program assists manufacturers in building credibility for their company and product brands by providing independent testing and verification of quality for their products and processes. NSF conducts formulation reviews, plant audits and laboratory testing to determine conformance to NSF Draft American National Standard 173-Dietary Supplements. Standard 173 was developed through a consensus process with participation from dietary supplement manufacturers, raw material suppliers, retailers, trade associations, academic researchers, public health practitioners and government officials. The standard provides methodology and evaluation criteria to verify ingredient identities and quantities. It also provides test criteria for specific contaminants and conformance to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs).
“We feel the industry has lacked a meaningful benchmark in establishing a true definition of validating product quality and because the NSF program is independent and based on consensus standards it offers the credibility that we are proud to support,” said Scott Sensenbrenner, Director of Marketing for Perrigo Nutrition.
“The individual product certifications are the next logical step to follow our NSF GMP Registration for contract manufacturers and continues to demonstrate our commitment to quality to our stakeholders including our retail partners and consumers,” commented Mike Bradley, Director of Nutritional Scientific Affairs at Perrigo of South Carolina.
“The NSF Mark has been highly respected by manufacturers and industry leaders throughout our 58-year history,” said Dennis R. Mangino, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer. “We congratulate Perrigo for taking a leadership position by obtaining NSF certification and GMP registration. This demonstrates a clear commitment to quality and to addressing consumer confidence.”
Perrigo Company is the largest manufacturer of over-the-counter (non prescription) pharmaceutical and nutritional products for the store brand and contract manufacturing markets in the United States. The company’s store brand products can be found in drug store, supermarket and mass merchandising retail chains nationwide, (www.perrigo.com).
NSF International, a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization, is the leading global supplier of risk-management services in public health and safety. NSF services include 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. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food Safety and Drinking Water Safety and Treatment. Serving companies in more than 83 countries, NSF was founded in 1944 and is headquartered in Ann Arbor, MI USA.