Sports nutrition supplier BPI Sports has contracted ChromaDex Corp for third-party verification of its protein products.
Going forward, the ChromaDex Quality Verified Seal will be added to the entire line of BPI Sports’ protein powders, assuring that each product has been third-party tested and quality-verified.
The ChromaDex Quality Verified Seal program will include:
1.Supply chain facility audits and inspections to verify compliance with Current Good Manufacturing Practices, or Good Manufacturing Practices as specified by the Food and Drug Administration,
2.A comprehensive identity testing program for raw materials and finished products,
3.Finished product testing for potential contaminants such as microbials, heavy metals and residual solvents, and
4.Provisions for ongoing monitoring to be performed as part of a quality protocol design and managed by ChromaDex.
On Feburary 3, 2015, the New York State Attorney General’s Office accused four major retailers of selling fraudulent and potentially dangerous herbal supplements and demanded that the retailers explain how they verify the ingredients in their herbal supplements.
“Any protein provider can randomly test their products to claim they meet specification, but testing only has real meaning if it is third-party verified and is done as part of an ongoing audit program,” said James Grage, co-founder of BPI Sports in response to the announcement.
“With the ChromaDex Quality Verified Seal program, consumers will no longer have to guess if they are getting a quality protein product or one that’s been spiked with subpar ingredients.”
“Our hope is that since BPI Sports has obtained the ChromaDex seal, other companies will be compelled to use similar types of programs. Quality initiatives such as this will raise the bar for the entire industry and are great news for consumers.”