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Certificate Analysis for Food & Dietary Supplements

Certificate Analysis for Food & Dietary Supplements

Certificate Analysis for Food & Dietary Supplements A Certificate of Analysis (CoA) is a general term used across all manufacturing and commodity industries. For example, CoAs apply to manufactured car parts that are passed to an assembly plant as well as fresh food delivered to grocery stores or restaurants. Regardless of the product type, a CoA is a legal document providing set standard proof that the product meets the client’s required criteria. When a person buys something (as an individual or as a business), there is an expectation of what it does and does not contain and how it functions....

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Testing Requirements for Dietary Supplements

Testing Requirements for Dietary Supplements

 Testing Requirements for Dietary Supplements The robust dietary supplement market (globally worth over $151.9 Billion) provides entrepreneurs an exceptional opportunity. But, be warned; the increasingly educated consumer is not interested in just any supplement.  The supplement brands doing the best on the market provide consumers credible proof that the supplement is what it says it is. Consumers want to know the supplement is made with the highest quality ingredients, following current good manufacturing practices (GMP) as outlined by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In addition, online dietary supplement outlets like Amazon.com and in-store locations like CVS have stringent...

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Heavy Metals Testing Requirements

Heavy Metals Testing Requirements

Heavy Metals Testing Requirements Hectic lives and busy schedules have consumers increasingly reaching for supplements to fill nutrition gaps. There has never been a better time to invest in, develop, and/or broaden your supplement brand. In 2021, Grand View Research valued the global dietary supplement market at $151.9 billion. They expect this market to continue growing at an 8.9% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) through 2030.  However, the information age has consumers reaching for only the safest and most scientifically proven supplements and functional foods. In addition, the supplement craze has caught the attention of numerous governing bodies. Supplement safety...

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What to Look for in an Independent Testing Lab

What to Look for in an Independent Testing Lab

What to Look for in an Independent Testing Lab Consumers are increasingly reaching for supplements to fill nutrition gaps and promote healthy living. In their 2022 report, Grand View Research valued the dietary supplement market at $151.9 billion and forecast the market to nearly double in size by 2030. Dietary supplements contain a wide variety of ingredients. Everything from necessary micronutrients like vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids to amino acids to potent herbs and botanicals. Supplements are regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as outlined in the 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA). As they...

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Stability Testing

Stability Testing

Stability Testing What is Stability Testing? Stability Testing, also referred to as Shelf Life Testing, is a process for determining the duration in which a product can retain its quality. Quality can be assessed by evaluating the physical, chemical, and microbiological characteristics under long-term storage. Finished goods are held at fixed storage conditions for specific time intervals when testing is performed. Products Types There are four types of products that commonly undergo Stability Testing: dietary supplements, food, personal care products, and pharmaceuticals. At Contract Testing Laboratories of America (CTLA), we perform Stability Testing on dietary supplements, food, and personal care...

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