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Flora Research Labs director: 'It is my hope that through UNPA, we can more effectively communicate adulteration issues and analytical solutions'

Last updated on 20-Jun-2014 at 17:13 GMT2014-06-20T17:13:15Z

Flora Research Laboratories, a leader in natural products research, testing, and phytoforensics, has joined the United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA).

“In addition to the routine identity testing and heavy metals, pesticides and marker/ingredient assay services offered by Flora Research Laboratories, we are also heavily focused on researching methods targeting economic and clandestine adulteration,” explained James Neal-Kababick, Flora Research Labs director.

“Many stakeholders are at significant risk due to sophisticated adulteration schemes, and it is my hope that through UNPA, we can more effectively communicate adulteration issues and analytical solutions, so that industry partners can be more proactive in stopping adulterated products from entering their product lines.”

Loren Israelsen, UNPA president, said: “Jim and his team are widely recognized for their skill in identifying and developing analytical methods for determining the presence of adulterated materials in dietary supplement and botanical ingredients.

“Flora’s expertise in this and other analytical areas is a most welcome addition to the UNPA membership and is completely in alignment with our mission to help our member companies develop best practices and ensure quality products.”

Flora Research Labs is an FDA/NIH-recognized expert at the cutting-edge of current good manufacturing practice (cGMP) compliance. The company provides testing for analytical quality and performance, led by an FDA-trained director, who is a leading expert in botanical and dietary ingredient identity testing and an adjunct faculty member at Bastyr University. The company also features new state-of-the-art high performance thin layer chromatography (HPTLC) and microscopy equipment to expand its identity and phytoforensic testing services to solve problems ranging from product failure to routine quality control analysis.