Dietary supplements marketed in the United States must have a compliant Supplement Facts panel and ingredient deck. Many supplements have complex nutritional profiles, and are challenging when calculating the total nutrient profiles. NHP Consulting provides full nutritional analysis data including a graphics-ready Supplement Facts panel.
The Nutrition Labeling and Education Act (NLEA) and Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA) are the major regulations governing the labelling of dietary supplements. Dietary supplements, like packaged foods, require nutrition labelling (called Supplement Facts). These panels are similar in format, with the mandatory declared nutrients being Calories, Fat, Cholesterol, Sodium, Total Carbohydrate, Protein, Vitamins A and C, Calcium and Iron. However, the major difference between the Supplement Facts panel and the Nutrition Facts panel is that “zero” amounts are not permitted in the former. Therefore, if a nutrient is not present in measurable amounts, it cannot appear in the Supplement Facts panel. Similar to foods, other nutrients are required to be included in the Supplement Facts panel if the label makes a nutrition claim based on that particular nutrient/ingredient. Other vitamins and minerals must be declared when they are added to the product for the purpose of supplementation, or if a claim is made concerning that vitamin/mineral.
To establish the nutrient values, companies can use validated analytical methods by in-house or accredited laboratories or they can choose to use calculation methods through the use of databases or software. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not state how a company should determine the nutrient content of their products for labelling purposes; however, the company is responsible for the accuracy and the compliance of the information.
NHP Consulting can generate a complete nutrition analysis as well as a fully compliant, graphics-ready Supplement Facts panel for your dietary supplement product to save on costly laboratory analysis and reduce the chance of calculation errors. NHP Consulting has partnered with ESHA and uses the Genesis R&D software in generating this data.