Nutritional Supplements To Be Evaluated And Certified By NSF International
Arbor MI and Pittsburgh PA, 20 November 2003
Nutrition Companies, Inc. (GNC), the nation's largest specialty
retailer of nutritional supplements, and NSF International, the
leading global provider of public health and safety risk management
solutions, today unveiled a first-of-its-kind collaborative agreement
to ensure that all GNC-branded products meet the rigorous requirements
of NSF's independent testing and certification program.
the terms of the agreement, GNC will become the first national retailer
of nutritional supplements to have its entire company-branded product
line evaluated against the stringent testing and certification requirements
of the only American National Standard for dietary supplements,
NSF/ANSI Standard 173: Dietary Supplements.
a pioneer in the industry, GNC has a long-standing commitment to
proactively offering our customers the safest, most effective products
on the market, while providing them with the information they need
to make intelligent choices," said Lou Mancini, GNC president and
chief executive officer. "We are proud to be the first national
retailer to fully pursue the NSF certification, which will provide
our customers with assurance that the products they purchase adhere
to the strictest standards of quality."
operates the only dietary supplement certification program accredited
by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Standards
Council of Canada (SCC). The program is designed to protect consumers
by testing for contaminants and verifying that NSF-certified supplements
contain the ingredients stated on the label. Products bearing the
NSF Mark are scheduled to appear in GNC stores nationwide early
forming this new agreement, NSF and GNC are responding to the interests
of consumers looking for quality dietary supplements. According
to the Natural Marketing Institute's 2003 Health and Wellness Trend
Report, 52.3 percent of the general population said that they are
more likely to buy a supplement with a certification seal.
the NSF Mark on GNC's dietary supplements will send a clear message
to health-conscious consumers that the products they are using have
been independently evaluated, certified and accurately labeled,"
said Kevan P. Lawlor, president and CEO of NSF International. "In
this case, GNC's commitment goes beyond product certification, because
they are also committed to educating customers about the importance
of seeking out NSF-certified products when they make buying decisions."
Nutrition Companies, Inc. (GNC, www.gnc.com), based in Pittsburgh
PA, is the largest nationwide specialty retailer of vitamin, mineral
and herbal supplements, sports nutrition as well as personal care
and related products. GNC operates more than 5,300 retail outlets
throughout the United States, including 1,360 domestic franchise
locations, and 33 foreign markets including Canada and Mexico.
International (www.nsf.org), a not-for-profit, non-governmental
organization, is the leading global provider of public health and
safety risk management solutions in the areas of food, water, indoor
air and the environment. NSF provides product certification and
safety audits for the food and water industries. Other services
include management systems registrations delivered through NSF International
Strategic Registrations, Ltd. and education through the NSF Center
for Public Health Education. Founded in 1944, NSF is headquartered
in Ann Arbor MI, and serves companies in 80 countries.