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The company says it is the first capsule manufacturer with this distinction.
Capsugel (Morristown, NJ) is the first capsule manufacturer to market “Non-GMO Project” capsules. The company now holds the unique certification for its PlantCaps and Vcaps Plus.
PlantCaps capsules are made of pullulan, a substance derived from the natural fermentation of tapioca and a water-soluble polysaccharide. These capsules are recommended for masking strong ingredient odors and protecting sensitive ingredients. Vcaps Plus capsules are sourced from hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) and water, and they are ideal for moisture-sensitive ingredients where high capsule gloss is desired.
Securing non-GMO status for capsule materials is a relevant venture because, as a Capsugel regulatory manager told Nutritional Outlook, many ingredients used in the production of hard and soft capsules can have a significant risk of being genetically modified. These ingredients include, but are not limited to, corn, cotton, soy, sugar beets, and derivatives such as ascorbic and citric acid, maltodextrin, and xanthan gum.
In an interview with USA Today, Whole Foods CEO AC Gallo said, “Products that get a ‘Non-GMO’ verification label see sales spike between 15% and 30%.”
On top of their non-GMO status, Capsugel’s PlantCaps and Vcaps are also certified as halal and vegan. Organic label language can accompany these delivery systems when organic ingredients are used.