Along with the actual manufacturing of dietary supplements, contract manufacturers can provide testing services for own label distributors. However, it is still the brand owner's responsibility to ensure the testing meets legal requirements. This means the brand owner needs to understand its contract manufacturer's abilities, and should ensure all tests are valid and fit for purpose.

Sandy Almendarez, VP of Content

July 27, 2016

Along with the actual manufacturing of dietary supplements, contract manufacturers can provide testing services for own label distributors. However, it is still the brand owner’s responsibility to ensure the testing meets legal requirements. This means the brand owner needs to understand its contract manufacturer’s abilities, and should ensure all tests are valid and fit for purpose.   

In this episode, Tara Lin Couch, Ph.D., senior advisor for dietary supplements, EAS Consulting Group, and Sandy Almendarez, editor in chief, INSIDER, discuss:

  • What U.S. laws require for testing of dietary supplements and their ingredients

  • The factors own label distributors should consider when deciding to rely on a contract manufacturer’s testing lab

  • Tips to auditing a contract manufacturer’s testing laboratory

Learn more about working with a contract manufacturer’s testing lab during Couch’s presentation at the SupplySide West workshop Contract Manufacturing: Raising the Bar on Delivering Quality on Saturday, Oct 8 at 8:30 a.m. Visit supplysideshow.com for more information and get registered. This session is underwritten by Paragon Labs, National Enzyme Co., Bio-Energy Systems and BASF, the official education sponsor of SupplySide West.

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Got feedback? Email Almendarez at [email protected], or tweet to @NatProdINSIDER using the hashtag #INSIDERPodcast.

About the Author(s)

Sandy Almendarez

VP of Content, Informa

Summary

• Well-known subject matter expert within the health & nutrition industry with more than 15 years’ experience reporting on natural products.

• She cares a lot about how healthy products are made, where their ingredients are sourced and how they affect human health.

• She knows that it’s the people behind the businesses — their motivations, feelings and emotions — drive industry growth, so that’s where she looks for content opportunities.

Sandy Almendarez is VP of Content for SupplySide and an award-winning journalist. She oversees the editorial and content marketing teams for the B2B media brands Natural Products Insider and Food and Beverage Insider, the education programming for the health and nutrition trade shows SupplySide East and SupplySide West, and community engagement across the SupplySide portfolio. She is a seasoned content strategist with a passion for health, good nutrition, sustainability and inclusion. With over 15 years of experience in the health and nutrition industry, Sandy brings a wealth of knowledge to her role as a content-focused business leader. With specialization in topics ranging from product development to content engagement, creative marketing and c-suite decision making, her work is known for its engaging style and its relevance for business leaders in the health and nutrition industry.

In her free time, Sandy loves running, drinking hot tea and watching her two kids grow up. She brews her own “Sandbucha” homemade kombucha; she’s happy to share if you’re ever in Phoenix!

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