Monday, November 04, 2013

Why I Provide Public Certificates of Analysis- "DNA tests show that many pills labeled as healing herbs are little more than powdered rice and weeds"

Why I Provide Public Certificates of Analysis- "DNA tests show that many pills labeled as healing herbs are little more than powdered rice and weeds". A thought-provoking article today in the New York Times: Herbal Supplements Are often Not What They Seem.

Some quotes: "Using a test called DNA barcoding, a kind of genetic fingerprinting that has also been used to help uncover labeling fraud in the commercial seafood industry, Canadian researchers tested 44 bottles of popular supplements sold by 12 companies. They found that many were not what they claimed to be, and that pills labeled as popular herbs were often diluted — or replaced entirely — by cheap fillers like soybean, wheat and rice. "

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"The findings, published in the journal BMC Medicine, follow a number of smaller studies conducted in recent years that have suggested a sizable percentage of herbal products are not what they purport to be. But because the latest findings are backed by DNA testing, they offer perhaps the most credible evidence to date of adulteration, contamination and mislabeling in the medicinal supplement industry, a rapidly growing area of alternative  that includes an estimated 29,000 herbal products and substances sold throughout North America. "

With one exception (EgCG), "DNA Barcoding" is not an applicable testing method for the Relentless Improvement line of products (they are not herbal), however other very specific test methods are employed which provide you the proof of quality you deserve.

Since 2005, Relentless Improvement has provided customers with public Certificates of Analysis (see here) on all Relentless Improvement brand finished products, with testing conducted by USA based, FDA registered analytical laboratories. These CoA's are tied by lot number to the product currently shipping to customers. These CoA's are a customers ultimate and only assurance of product quality, purity and sterility.

For those of you seeking the highest documented quality of the finished product, with full public disclosure, Relentless Improvement Nutritional Supplements is, and has been, the world-wide gold standard by which all others are judged.

Yes, I am proud of that :-)