Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Warning and Action Item: Nutraceutical Corp.

Warning: Even though it is labeled as suitable for corn-sensitive individuals, all ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) products by Nutraceutical Corp may be grown on corn-derived glucose.

I recently purchased a bottle of Solaray Vitamin C powder. The label read,

"Ideal for most FOOD SENSITIVE Individuals"

"This product is suitable for individuals who adversely react to the common sensitizing substances of yeast, milk, wheat, soy, corn, gluten, egg, sugar, salt, nuts, artificial colors or preservatives. SOLARAY GUARANTEES that NO ingredients other than those listed on this label have been added to this product."

Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid). Other ingredients: None.

A reaction, however, indicated that the vitamin was not actually corn-free. This prompted me to contact the manufacturer, Neutraceutical Corp., to inquire about the derivation of this vitamin.

I was informed that their ascorbic acid is grown on glucose. They could not tell me what the glucose was derived from, saying that it could be from any source at all. As we all know, this means it is most likely corn-derived.

I asked if this included multivitamins, and they said yes, it would be all Neutraceutical products containing ascorbic acid.

Nutraceutical Corp makes supplements under many different brand names. According to their website at http://www.nutraceutical.com/ these include (but are not limited to) the following:

We sell products under the popular brand names Solaray®, KAL®, NaturalMax®, VegLife®, Premier One®, Sunny Green®, Natural Sport®, FunFresh Foods™, ActiPet®, Action Labs®, Thompson®. We also distribute some third-party branded products.

If you have reacted to any of these products, or if you know you react to ascorbic acid grown on corn-derived glucose, please contact the company and let them know. The company needs to know that it is not acceptable to label their products as being safe for those with corn sensitivities when they may contain corn-derived ingredients, and that these ingredients can and do cause reactions.

For questions and comments about products:
Phone: (800) 579-4665
Email: products@nutraceutical.com

Remember, our voices can make a difference in making labeling safer for all of us. It is very dangerous for companies to label products as corn-free when they may actually contain corn derivatives.

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