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Garden of Life obtains NSF International certification


PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - Garden of Life announced Tuesday that it has obtained NSF International certification of the contents and label claims for mykind Organics, a multivitamin sold primarily through the specialty channel, including Vitamin Shoppe and Whole Foods.

"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," stated Brian Ray, president Garden of Life. "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."

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 formula to market where every offering is Certified Organic, Verified Non-GMO by the Non-GMO Project, Certified Gluten Free, Vegan and Kosher.

NSF International's dietary supplement testing and certification program has three key components: Good Manufacturing Practices 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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