Dietary Supplements are nutrients like minerals, vitamins, proteins, herbs, amino acids etc, which are taken orally to make up for deficiencies in the body and add nutritional value to a diet. A food product which contains a dietary ingredient is called a dietary supplement.
Internationally the way consumers differentiate a dietary supplement from conventional food is to look at the nutritional information on the label of the product. Conventional foods will have “Nutrition Fact” panel on the label while a dietary supplement will have “Supplement Fact” panel on their label that will list contents, amount of active ingredients per serving and added ingredients like filler, binders or flavourings. The manufacturer also suggests the serving size but a doctor may decide what dosage or serving is more suitable for your needs.
Food Safety Regulation in India says; all products labelled as dietary supplements shall have nutritional facts/ nutritional information like vitamins, minerals, proteins and energy etc. per serving of 100gm/100 ml listed on label panel.
The biggest problem with dietary supplements is the quality of raw materials and the hygiene and safety of the product during the manufacturing process. Manufacturers of dietary supplements can send their products for testing to authenticate that raw materials are safe and free from contaminants.
How We Can Help?
In India there are no standards for dietary supplements and food business operators have to apply to FSSAI for Food Product Approval. When you apply for the food product approval we can help you in the following ways.
We can verify that the
- Claims made on the label are appropriate and that the structure and function claims are as should be for dietary supplements
- Ingredients are listed in an appropriate manner
- Nutritional Facts panel is well designed and appropriately displayed
- Required elements are in place and that additional marketing material is appropriate and compliant
- Ingredients are approved under the Indian Regulations and to guide you accordingly for product approval procedure
2. Analysis Report for Product and Ingredients
We can provide a complete chemical and microbiological analysis after testing the food and the ingredients on different parameters.
We carry out stability studies of the product to ascertain shelf life
4. Clinical Studies to Establish Claims
The food business operators have to be careful while declaring information on labels and are required to state that the product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or to prevent any disease. Adulterated or Misbranded products are liable for penalties, so FBOs need to be careful about any claims they make on labels.
If any claims are being made on the label then to establish claims clinical studies would be required at the time of food product approval. We are a consultancy for product approval process and we can help you in this regard not only by testing products to establish your claims but our experts are there to guide you. Contact us and we will provide you complete consultation including documentation and filing your application with FSSAI.
Why Choose Us for Dietary Supplement Testing?
Since our laboratory has been identified as one of the top 5 laboratories and is accredited by NABL, FSSAI, BIS, CDSCO, ISM&H, APEDA, EIC/EIA, AGMARK and more. We have a range of testing technology and our food testing laboratory is equipped to analyse Nutritional Content using techniques like HPLC, HPTLC, GCMC, LCMSMS and we also conduct chemical analysis. Our team of scientists is qualified and has the expertise to carry out all kinds of tests required by the food industry.
Please contact us now by calling us on our contact number +91-11-45754575 or post your query by filling and submitting the contact form and we will reply with a free proposal.