NSF and Wegmans launch verification programme for supplements

14-Apr-2022

NSF is administering the initiative, providing auditing services, product testing, label review accuracy, and claims substantiation

Global public health organisation NSF is collaborating with Wegmans Food Markets to launch the ‘Verified with Confidence’ programme for all dietary supplements, herbals, probiotics, and CBD-containing products sold at Wegmans. "We have been concerned about inconsistent requirements in testing standards in the supplement industry," said Karen Shadders, Wegmans VP of Health and Well-being. "Our Verified with Confidence programme allows us to ensure the products on our shelves contain the ingredients stated on the bottle."

"We worked with NSF to launch this program knowing this is the right thing to do for our customers," said Betsy Crater, Non-food Quality Assurance Manager at Wegmans Food Markets. "We are excited to be a leader in this initiative and help inspire others in the industry to get on board as well."

NSF is administering the initiative, providing auditing services, product testing, label review accuracy, and claims substantiation. The programme will incorporate current ANSI-accredited GMPs audit standards – NSF/ANSI 455-2 for dietary supplements and NSF/ANSI 455-3 for cosmetics/personal care products. The standards are built on the current regulations detailed in 21 CFR 111 and 117 and based on consensus among retailers, suppliers, and other stakeholders.

"Wegmans is demonstrating true leadership with its Verified with Confidence programme," said David Trosin, MD of Health Sciences Certification at NSF. "Consumers want to know what's in the products they buy and more and more they are expecting retailers to play an active role in quality assurance and product safety. We envision a future when most major retailers will require brands to show proof of product quality in some form or another, whether through independent assurance of GMP compliance, independent laboratory testing of products, or both."

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NSF began certifying dietary supplement manufacturers and personal care product manufacturers to the NSF/ANSI 455 GMP standards in January 2021.

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