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Jennifer Grebow is editor-in-chief of Nutritional Outlook.
SSCI’s founding members are GNC, Walmart, Vitamin Shoppe, and Whole Foods.
The Natural Products Association (NPA; Washington, DC), together with the dietary supplement industry’s largest retailers, unveiled a new initiative in January that seeks to increase industry-wide quality assurance by benchmarking quality measures and standards. According to NPA CEO and Executive Director Dan Fabricant, PhD, the new Supplement Safety and Compliance Initiative (SSCI) is a first for dietary supplements.
SSCI is similar to the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) created by the food industry back in 2000 when food-industry members collaborated to promote harmonized food-safety management across the industry. Like the GFSI, the goal of the SSCI is to bolster consumer confidence in quality and safety, this time for dietary supplements. SSCI’s founding members are GNC, Walmart, Vitamin Shoppe, and Whole Foods.
“Similar retailer-driven initiatives have been developed for foods, but never applied to dietary supplements,” said Fabricant in a press release. “SSCI will continue to promote safety and consumer confidence in each step of the supply chain, from farm to store shelf.”
As part of its goal to unify and promote supply-chain quality measures, the SSCI says it has set the following goals:
As part of SSCI’s activity to benchmark domestic and international standards for dietary supplements throughout the supply chain and across the entire product life cycle, the initiative will focus on the following:
“This pioneering initiative sends a clear message to millions of consumers that they can have confidence in the safety and authenticity of the dietary supplements and natural products they use each and every day,” Fabricant said.
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