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Recent certifications & approvals.

Sabinsa Corporation's manufacturing facility (Payson, UT) has been registered with NSF International's Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) program. In addition to the distribution of Sabinsa's ingredients to the global market, the Utah facility is a contract manufacturing center providing finished dosages in bulk and bottled capsules and tablets, as well as providing intermediate steps, such as blending, mixing, milling and granulating for ingredient customers. The facility also has in-house quality control labs covering analytical, chemical and microbiological testing. Earning GMP registration from NSF International verifies that Sabinsa's Payson facility has the proper methods, equipment, facilities and controls in place for producing dietary supplement products.

Capsugel, Morristown, NJ, has been awarded Vegan certification for Vcaps, Vcaps Plus, DRcaps and Plantcaps capsules, four capsules in its portfolio of vegetarian capsules. The term "vegan" is defined as containing no animal ingredients or animal by-products (to include honey and sugar refined with bone char), using no animal ingredient or by-product in the manufacturing process and not being tested on animals by any company or independent contractor. The plant-based capsules are already free of additives, preservatives, allergens, starch and gluten as well as non-GMO and Kosher and Halal certified and approved by the Vegetarian Society.

Aker BioMarine Antarctic Australasia Pty has achieved Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification for its sustainable practices and krill fishery infrastructure. Aker is the only krill harvester in the world that has MSC certification. Its krill-derived products sold in Australia are now eligible to bear the MSC eco-label, providing consumers with a guarantee of sustainability, effective fisheries management and full traceability from sea to shelf. MSC is an international non-profit organization with an independent certifying body and a public assessment process. In order to maintain MSC Certification, Aker must undergo annual auditing during which it must maintain certain benchmarks and conditions.

Health Canada has approved Hi-Maize resistant starch from Ingredion Incorporated, Westchester, IL, as a novel fiber source. This recent approval is a part of Health Canada's revised Policy for Labeling and Advertising of Dietary Fibre-Containing Food Products, introduced in February 2012. The approval allows for Hi-Maize resistant starch to be declared as a fiber source in food products as permitted by the Canadian Food Regulations. Hi-Maize has long been declared a dietary fiber in the U.S. and its numerous health related benefits have been validated by more than 200 scientific publications.

Didion Milling, Cambria, WI, has earned gluten-free certification from The Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO). This certification enables the company to provide corn ingredients to companies that manufacture gluten-free foods.

Corn is naturally gluten-free, unlike wheat, rye and barley, making it an ideal substitute for wheat in gluten-free recipes. Compared to other gluten-free ingredients, corn is more affordable than these alternatives.

The nutraceutical ingredient InSea2, from innoVactiv, Rimouski, Quebec, has obtained organic certification from ECOCERT Canada. This certification is also recognized by USDA, and helps the company meet the increasing demand from customers for products that are natural, effective and safe. ECOCERT signifies that the product is organic, but also provides inspection and certification for sustainable development. The certification process includes validation of ingredients, production methods and preparation procedures according to Canadian and USDA regulation.
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Title Annotation:Industry News
Publication:Nutraceuticals World
Date:Sep 1, 2013
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