Five Natural Remedies ingredients have been verified as Non-GMO by the Non-GMO Project and NSF International. The five brands consist of BacoMind, Gutgard, Turmacin, OciBest and AP-Bio.
In addition, Bangalore-based Natural Remedies had over 85 signature botanical extracts that were verified as Non-GMO. Verified Non-GMO Project products have gone through a rigorous process to ensure they meet consensus-based standards. The Non-GMO Project verification process requires:
- Ongoing testing of all major at-risk ingredients—any ingredient being grown commercially in GMO form must be tested prior to use in a verified product.
- An action threshold of 0.9%. This is in alignment with laws in the European Union, where any product containing more than 0.9% GMOs must be labelled as such. Absence of all GMOs is the target for all Non-GMO Project Standard compliant products. Continuous improvement practices toward achieving this goal must be part of the participant’s quality management systems.
- After at-risk testing is complete, companies are required to implement rigorous traceability and segregation practices to ensure ingredient integrity through to the finished product.
- For low-risk ingredients, a thorough review of ingredient specification sheets is conducted to determine absence of GMO risk.
- Verification is maintained through an annual audit, along with on-site inspections for high- risk products.
NSF International was the second approved technical administrator for the Non-GMO Project and has verified more than 5,000 products. As a global, independent, accredited organisation with more than 70 years of experience, NSF offers an international network of experienced leaders in consumer health and safety certifications.
“As the industry matures and consumers needs changes, we are expanding to meet our customer needs with Non-GMO Verified ingredients,” said Suresh Lakshmikanthan, global head of human health business for Natural Remedies. “We are working together with our cultivating partners to expand our Non-GMO supply chain to ensure we can continue to provide multiple choices to our customers.”
Natural Remedies has contributed to improving the quality of Indian botanicals with active participation in the preparation of analytical monographs for various international pharmacopoeias.
Natural Remedies is also a manufacturer and supplier of phytochemical reference standards from Indian medicinal plants, which are being used for quality and research purposes globally.