GARDEN OF LIFE® Puts Dietary Supplement Integrity Under the Spotlight and Successfully Secures NSF Certification for No.1-Selling Multivitamins
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla., Sept. 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Garden of Life®, the leader and innovator in Certified Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified nutritional products, announced today that it has obtained NSF International certification of the contents and label claims for mykind Organics, the No.1-selling multivitamin sold in the natural products industry in the USA.
Garden of Life introduced mykind Organics multivitamins in 2014 as a complete line, including vitamins for women and men, prenatal multivitamins and multivitamins specifically formulated for men and women over 40 years old. Working in a unique collaboration with actress, New York Times best-selling author and well-known vegan health expert, Alicia Silverstone, Garden of Life brought a highly innovative formula to market where every offering is Certified Organic, Verified Non-GMO by the Non-GMO Project, Certified Gluten Free, Vegan and Kosher. To this, Garden of Life now has added to that list of independent third-party certifications that the entire contents of the formulas have been tested for their identity, potency and purity.
“mykind Organics is truly unique as the only vitamin line to hold an extensive list of independent certifications, which assure fans of the products’ integrity and quality,” said Garden of Life President Brian Ray. “It took years of innovation and patience to develop the line. mykind Organics multis are the first line of Certified USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, Vegan and Gluten-Free Certified multivitamins combining vitamins and minerals created from organic plants, rather than synthetic chemicals. With the new NSF International certification, mykind Organics is leading the charge in dietary supplement traceability, transparency and quality.”
NSF International’s long established and highly respected dietary supplement testing and certification program has three key components: Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) registration, NSF International dietary supplement certification and NSF Certified for Sport® certification. Manufacturing facilities must pass twice-annual audits to earn entry-level GMP registration before they can move on to earn NSF International’s dietary supplement product/ingredient certification. The dietary supplement certification process includes label claim, toxicology and contaminant reviews, with ongoing monitoring to verify compliance through periodic auditing and testing.
“Dietary supplements have come under intense scrutiny over the past few years as attorneys general from some states, news outlets and industry watchdogs have called in to question the integrity of certain products sold in various mass-retail outlets,” said Cheryl Luther, general manager, dietary supplements/sports nutrition/beverage quality at NSF International. “Today, dietary supplements are produced from a complicated, global supply chain, making it essential that quality manufacturers test not only their finished products, but also their raw ingredients, ensuring both their safety and quality. We are pleased to be working so closely with Garden of Life.”
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About Garden of Life
Garden of Life, L.L.C. is the recognized leader and innovator in whole food, science-based, USDA Certified Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified nutrition. Headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, the company offers more than 250 branded supplements that help people achieve extraordinary health. For more information on Garden of Life, visit www.gardenoflife.com.
About NSF International
NSF International is a global independent organization that develops standards, and tests and certifies products to these standards for the water, food, health sciences and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide. Operating in more than 165 countries, NSF International is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center on Food Safety, Water Quality and Indoor Environment.