Friday, April 20, 2007

Melamine Intentionally Added to Chinese Products?

ABC is reporting on the likelyhood that the terrible pet food poisoning may have have been the result of intentional "spiking" of the raw materials.

"Food and Drug Administration investigators say the Chinese companies may have spiked products with the chemical melamine so that they would appear, in tests, to have more value as protein products."

This is just a terrible, horrible story no matter how you look at it. And it once again reinforces my decision to have all Relentless Improvement branded products tested by a fully FDA accredited analytical lab. A third party Certificate of Analysis is your only assurance of purity, potency and proof of capsule contents.

HPLC testing (which is conducted on all RI products) will show a single spike for the active ingredient. Any other spikes better be an excipient such as a flow agent, otherwise it is indication of a contaminant.

Furthermore, our rigorous testing protocol even complies with California Prop 65 requirements, even though Relentless Improvement is not required to adhere to Prop 65 (due to our size). But we test as if we were. Proposition 65 was passed nearly 10 years ago by the voters in California and established California-only allowable levels of daily ingestion of four heavy metals.

Remember, the FDA does not require the testing of nutritional supplement finished products. I cringe when I see some companies claiming "Pharmaceutical Grade" on their labels, because I know they have never been subject to testing. There could be anything in those bottles.

As the leading USA nootropic supplier, we set a high standard that others can't even attempt to match.

Demand integrity when you purchase supplements.

Happy Weekend,
Pete