SALT LAKE CITY, May 02, 2007 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- USANA Health Sciences, Inc. recently completed a successful audit of its manufacturing facilities by NSF International as part of NSF's Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Registration program.
USANA voluntarily obtained NSF's third-party validation of its manufacturing facility in the first quarter of 2007. NSF conducted an initial USANA plant audit to verify compliance with its GMP program last year and will continue to conduct semi-annual audits at the company's facility. GMP provide guidelines that cover virtually every aspect of manufacturing, including facility design and maintenance, raw material specification and control, supplier validation, product design and testing, employee training, process control, finished product release and complaint handling. These guidelines help ensure that manufactured products have the identity, strength, composition, quality and purity that they are represented to possess.
According to NSF, "GMP registration reflects (a) continued commitment to ensuring quality and satisfaction and gives companies confidence that their organization operates in conformance to established GMP."
USANA took its certification a step further by also asking NSF to certify its core nutritional products, the Essentials(TM) (Mega Antioxidant and Chelated Mineral), Proflavanol(R) 90, Active Calcium(TM), and HealthPak 100(TM). NSF conducted product testing in its own accredited laboratories to ensure that all of the USANA supplements tested matched labeled amounts, that there were no product ingredients not openly disclosed on the label, and that there were no unacceptable levels of contaminants in the product. USANA successfully met all of these requirements and received NSF dietary supplement certification.
According to Dr. John Cuomo, USANA's Executive Director of Research & Development, the decision to seek out NSF certification is part of USANA's uncompromising commitment to producing high-quality, science-based products. "For years, USANA has led the industry in safety and quality," Dr. Cuomo said. "We have made a commitment to our customers that USANA's quality and manufacturing will be modeled after the strict standards associated with the pharmaceutical industry, and not the less stringent food standards that most supplement manufacturers follow. Our recent NSF certifications--along with other rigorous, third-party audits--offer additional assurance to our customers that USANA provides Nutritionals You Can Trust."
About NSF International
NSF International, an independent, not-for-profit organization, helps protect consumers by certifying products and writing standards for food, water, air and consumer goods. Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting public health and safety worldwide. More information on NSF can be found at http://www.nsf.org.
USANA 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. More information on USANA can be found at http://www.usanahealthsciences.com.