Label Owners, Don’t Let This Happen To You!
Be thankful that your brand isn’t one of the 859 brands recalled by the FDA in January 2020 over one contract manufacturer’s deceptive business practices. A contract manufacturer may tell you that they operate a GMP certified facility, but this doesn’t mean anything until you verify their GMP compliance yourself.
Here’s why it matters.
Contract manufacturer ABH Nature’s Products Inc. told customers they were GMP certified, but they never disclosed that they had been on the FDA’s radar for several years due to noncompliance issues. Notifications for significant GMP violations went ignored. Eventually, the FDA called for a complete shutdown of ABH and its affiliated companies as well as issued a recall of all products manufactured by ABH over a seven-year period. This recall affected 859 supplement brands.
Could your brand survive a recall like this? You would have to reimburse your customers who purchased recalled products over the past seven years. You would have to destroy any recalled products still in your inventory. And your brand’s reputation would be tarnished.
A brand owner’s first defense against facing any product recall is to work with a trustworthy contract manufacturer with verifiable GMP certification.
Label Owner’s Insurance for Quality Products
It is ultimately the brand owner’s responsibility to ensure that their products are made in a facility that follows the current laws and regulations for quality and safety. Don’t risk financial ruin, legal issues, and a damaged reputation by working with the wrong contract manufacturer.
One way to ensure that your brand doesn’t fall victim to dishonest certification claims is to work with a contract manufacturer whose GMP certification is verifiable through trusted quality control organizations such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
Why GMP is an Insurance Policy Against a Product Recall
To obtain GMP certification through UL or NSF, a manufacturer must strictly adhere to GMP protocols. Only after a thorough facility audit by UL or NSF representatives with a passing score can have their GMP certification granted or renewed.
GMP protocols cover raw material testing, finished product testing, production record management, and facility management for quality and safety purposes. Any issues of noncompliance to GMP regulations may result in a product recall even if consumers haven’t reported adverse reactions or quality problems.
How to Verify GMP Certification
Verification is easy. Visit the UL and NSF websites (UL.org and NSF.org) to check if a manufacturer’s GMP certification is current and for how many years they have been certified.
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