Sabinsa audit confirms GMPs in India

By staff reporter

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: Lean body mass, Food and drug administration

Sabinsa Corporation has said that its manufacturing facilities in
India have passed an independent audit determining adherence to
Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs).

The audit, by certification agency NSF, comes in an environment of increased focus on the safety and quality of ingredients, following a number of recent contamination cases that have put the food and supplement industry on guard. In order to qualify for the NSF certification, Sabinsa's manufacturing processes and product testing methods were reviewed to ensure they complied with NSF's GMP criteria. The organization also reviewed Sabinsa's sanitation standards, pest control methods, personnel training and standard operating procedures. According to Todd Norton, Sabinsa president, the certification confirms that the company's ingredients meet high safety standards. Ingredient purity "Not only are our manufacturing facilities GMP certified, but several of our ingredient offerings including ForsLean, Curcumin C3 Complex and Gugulipid have also been NSF certified,"​ he said. In 2005, the manufacturer of herbal extracts, cosmeceuticals, minerals and specialty fine chemicals voluntarily submitted some of its products for toxicology review and purity testing, in anticipation of the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) tightening of regulations surrounding dietary supplement ingredients. The products, which were submitted for testing by NSF, included Gugulipid 40 mesh 2.5 percent extract, Curcumin C3 Complex, Tribulus terrestris 20 percent extract, Indole-3-Carbinol and Triphala extract. Indian facilities ​ Sabinsa currently has six manufacturing facilities in India, following the latest addition of a $6m plant in Hyderabad last year. The company said it was driven to open the new plant, which manufactures herbal extracts and phytochemicals, by increased demand for its range of ingredients. Sabinsa has more than 50 standardized botanical extracts on the market, as well as Ayurvedic herbal extracts and specialty fine chemical ingredients. Product range​ One of the company's flagship ingredients is BioPerine​, derived from black pepper, which is used in dietary supplements to enhance the bioavailability of nutrients. Sabinsa's ForsLean​ brand of Coleus forskohlii​ extract is used in dietary supplements to promote lean body mass. It is said to help shift the proportion of mass in favor of lean body mass, reducing fat tissue and encouraging weight loss. The company also combined three of its established patented ingredients in a new weight management ingredient, LeanGard. The proprietary ratio of its clinically researched ingredients includes, Bioperine, Forslean and Garcitrin. Sabinsa is looking to make LeanGard into a branded ingredient recognizable to consumers in an increasingly competitive weight loss market. The company claims to have more than 100 scientists working full time conducting ongoing research in both India and the US, and it has developed a significant portfolio of patents internationally. Sabinsa is also promoting its capacity as a company with sustainable practices that support the communities in which it has facilities. According to the manufacturer, the new plant, as well as the others in India, uses effluent water treatment systems and is environmentally friendly.

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