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Jennifer Grebow is editor-in-chief of Nutritional Outlook.
The Triple-T program takes a three-pronged approach to supply-chain traceability: trace, test, and trust.
NP Nutra (Gardena, CA) is formally rolling out its new Triple-T Verification Program at this year’s SupplySide West show. The Triple-T program takes a three-pronged approach to supply-chain traceability: trace, test, and trust.
Starting with “trace,” the company says that it works closely with all of its manufacturing partners and their growers to verify ingredient traceability and to ensure that sustainable growing and harvesting practices are used. In the “test” stage, the company details how its quality-control teams use “stringent, in-house quality-control and third-party validation [to] guarantee safety and compliance to regulations and consistent conformance to our quality standards.” All product lots are tested by certified ISO/IEC17025 labs for, in most cases, heavy metals (ICP-MS), including cadmium, lead, mercury, and arsenic; microbials (AOAC/USP), including mold, E. coli, and Staphylococcus; as well as GMOs and more. Finally, in the “trust” phase, the company emphasizes that each of its manufacturing partners is required to pass a strict vendor-qualification program, which includes visits to farms and regular audits of manufacturing facilities. “The majority of our partner facilities have attained GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) certification status, under which accredited third-party schemes like BRC (British Retail Consortium), SQF (Safe Quality Food), and FSSC (Food Safety System Certification) provide comprehensive guidance at each step of the supply-chain process,” the company adds.
“NP Nutra has been working diligently over the past few years to build solid relationships with our manufacturing partners and their growers, taking all possible steps to ensure the traceability of our supply chain and the quality of our products,” said Helga Villanueva, NP Nutra’s quality assurance and regulatory compliance director, in a press release. “Our Triple-T Verification Program is a direct result of this collaboration and hard work.”
In addition to rolling out Triple-T, NP Nutra is introducing four new ingredients at SupplySide West: 1) a quinoa powder containing all nine essential amino acids, 2) an amaranth powder that is gluten free and rich in protein and lysine, 3) a chia powder packed with protein, carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and more omega-3 than flaxseed, and 4) a goldenberry powder with high levels of carotenoids to help boost immune health and maintain healthy weight, blood pressure levels, and sugar levels.