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MegaFood® CEO Robert Craven initiated The Non-GMO Dietary Supplement Working Group in 2013 , which includes a group of dietary supplement manufacturers who have united to support Non-GMO dietary supplement companies and work to secure a Non-GMO ingredient supply chain.
A sample of members of the Non-GMO Dietary Supplement Working Group:
“The Non-GMO Project has rigorous, high standards for obtaining their seal and much of the supplement ingredient supply chain is not ready to support the cause,” says Craven. “My hope is that by creating The Non-GMO Dietary Supplement Working Group we can create a more phased approach that allows our ingredient suppliers to catch up with the movement.”
Learn more about the verification process here: http://www.nongmoproject.org/ .
The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), founded in 1973 and based in Washington, D.C., is the leading trade association representing dietary supplement manufacturers and ingredient suppliers. CRN companies produce a large portion of the dietary supplements marketed in the United States and globally. CRN’s member companies manufacture popular national brands as well as the store brands marketed by major supermarkets, drug stores and discount chains. These products also include those marketed through natural food stores and mainstream direct selling companies. CRN represents more than 100 companies that manufacture dietary ingredients and/or dietary supplements, or supply services to those suppliers and manufacturers.
Learn more about the Council for Responsible Nutrition at crnusa.org.
The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is the membership-based business association for the organic industry in North America. OTA’s mission is to promote and protect organic trade to benefit the environment, farmers, the public, and the economy. OTA envisions organic products becoming a significant part of everyday life, enhancing people’s lives and the environment. The Organic Trade Association represents businesses across the organic supply chain and addresses all things organic, including food, fiber/textiles, personal care products and new sectors as they develop. Over sixty percent of OTA trade members are small businesses.
Learn more about the Organic Trade Association here.
Founded in 1936, the Natural Products Association (NPA) is the nation’s largest and oldest nonprofit organization dedicated to the natural products industry. NPA represents over 1,900 members accounting for more than 10,000 retail, manufacturing, wholesale and distribution locations of natural products. NPA unites a diverse membership, from the smallest health food store to the largest dietary supplement manufacturer.
NPA is recognized for its strong lobbying presence in Washington, D.C., where it serves as the industry watchdog on regulatory and legislative issues. In 1994, NPA played a key role in the passage of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA). This important legislation strikes a balance between the need for consumers to have access to and information about safe and effective dietary supplements while also preserving the government’s interest in protecting the public from unsafe products and false and misleading claims.
Learn more about the Natural Products Association here.
The United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA) is an international association of forward-looking companies dedicated to providing consumers with natural health products of superior quality, benefit and reliability.
UNPA was founded in 1991 to challenge the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) aggressive and inappropriate enforcement actions against supplement companies, which threatened consumer access to these products. One of UNPA’s core missions is to help assure the full and proper implementation and enforcement of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA), including a suite of laws and regulations that support DSHEA, such as good manufacturing practice (GMP) regulations, adverse event reporting systems, analytical method development, control of illegal products masquerading as dietary supplements and international quality-management protocols.
UNPA’s mission is to lead the natural health products industry, including food, personal care and dietary supplement companies, into the 21st century.
Learn more about the United Natural Products Alliance here.
The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) is the only national trade association that is focused primarily on herbs and botanicals and herbal products.
All of AHPA’s activities are focused on its mission, which is to promote the responsible commerce of herbal products and are undertaken to maintain and improve market opportunities for companies that sell herbs, herbal and botanical products, and other health-related products, including foods, beverages, dietary supplements, and personal care products, and to ensure that consumers continue to enjoy informed access to a wide choice of goods.
Learn more about the American Herbal Products Association here.