What Synutra is Doing to Combat Adulteration...

Adulteration is a regulatory term that means there is something in the product that is not on the label. The way dietary supplements are regulated requires that the label accurately state both identity and amounts of all of the ingredients, and manufacturers who don’t can get in trouble with the FDA.

When you read about products that are found to have drugs in them, they are generally fringe companies you’ve never heard of selling products with dramatic sounding names masquerading as dietary supplements. The responsible core of the industry tests ingredients coming into their facility before they enter the manufacturing stream, and again before the finished products are released for sale. Despite the sensational media coverage, in reality this type of adulteration is relatively rare and easily avoided.

A more common form of adulteration, particularly with commodity ingredients, happens when somewhere along the supply chain a substance is added that looks like a high grade of the actual ingredient under some testing methods, but is not. The more expensive an ingredient, the more motivation there is for economic adulteration as it moves through the supply chain. Sometimes common testing methods don’t separate out the adulterant if the right ones aren’t used or the testing lab wasn’t very good. This is why we have pioneered research into the best chondroitin testing methods.

 

 

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