We want Canadian parents to know that when they see the NPN number and the Product of Canada seal that they can rest assured that what it says on the label is indeed in the bottle.
Burlington, Ontario (PRWEB) September 27, 2012
Today, parents are acutely aware of the importance of reading labels and checking ingredients. Recent news about false claims on vitamin packaging has parents wondering how they can even trust what’s written on the label. Life Science Nutritionals, the makers of IronKids and Adult Essentials Gummy Vitamins, wants to assure Canadians that Health Canada keeps their vitamins clean.
It’s a case of vitamin buyer beware. Not all vitamin manufacturers must comply with the same regulations and guidelines as Canadian manufacturers. The most recent incidents involve hefty fines levied against one major US vitamin manufacturer for making false and misleading claims on their packaging; another US-based gummy brand was tested and found to have vitamin levels that far exceeded label claim.
In order to manufacture and sell vitamins in Canada, Canadian manufacturers must first follow Health Canada regulations and then pass manufacturing inspection. This is in contrast to our neighbors south of the border. US manufacturers are not required to have an inspection of the production facilities or pre-approvals of the products before they put them on the shelf.
The purpose of the Health Canada regulations is to ensure the quality standards and procedures are followed according to Health Canada Guidelines. Besides requiring a site license for any manufacturing facility, Health Canada requires that every product produced at that facility go through a separate licensing process.
Health Canada approves all the raw material, the final formula, the product labeling and any associated claims. Once Health Canada has approved a product for sale in Canada, it is assigned a NPN (Natural Health Product Number), which must be on the product labels and packaging. This is how parents can know that they can trust what is printed on the label.
“We want Canadian parents to know that when they see the NPN number and the Product of Canada seal that they can rest assured that what it says on the label is indeed in the bottle,” says Stuart Lowther, founder and CEO of Life Science Nutritionals. Parents should always look for a Health Canada NPN number and the Product of Canada seal when buying vitamins for their families. That way they can be certain that the vitamin product they are buying is regulated and audited by Health Canada.