FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 16, 2009
CONTACT: Greta Houlahan
NSF International announces that Iowa-based nutritional ingredient manufacturer, Kemin Health, meets Good Manufacturing Practices Requirements
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – NSF International today announced that a leading manufacturer of nutritional ingredients, Kemin Health, has successfully completed a Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) audit at their facilities in Des Moines, Iowa. This independent, third-party plant audit verifies the facilities’ compliance with current dietary supplement GMPs.
GMPs are regulations outlined by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which require that the processes by which dietary supplement ingredients are produced are safer and free of possible contamination. This includes all aspects of the manufacturing process, from raw material control to finished product release, as well as employee training, validation of testing equipment, product traceability and facility maintenance.
GMPs for the current NSF International Dietary Supplements Certification Program are included in NSF International American National Standard 173, the only American National Standard for Dietary Supplements.
Ed Wyszumiala, General Manager of the NSF International Dietary Supplements Certification Program says, “When choosing a supplement manufacturer, it is essential that you select one that is GMP registered. Kemin Health’s GMP Registration means that they are in compliance with all of the GMP regulations and are committed to producing high quality products.”
For meeting GMP requirements, Kemin Health is listed on the NSF International Web site. To ensure continued performance, NSF International will conduct audits of Kemin Health’s facilities in Des Moines every six months.
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 International is committed to protecting and improving human health and safety worldwide and operates in more than 120 countries. NSF International is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment.
NSF International’s Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Registration program enables dietary supplement manufacturers to become independently registered by NSF International as complying with GMP requirements as listed in Section 8 of the only American national standard for dietary supplements, NSF/ANSI Standard 173. These requirements are consistent with the published U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s GMP regulation for dietary supplements as defined in 21 CFR § 111.