Blog Posts by Anne Bell

USP Quality Standards for Probiotics: Benefiting Consumers, Academia and Industry

USP Probiotic Standards

Quality plays an integral role in connecting medical research and manufacturing to healthcare practice and consumers. The growing study of the microbiome and the potential health benefits of probiotics offers a particularly timely and illustrative example. Learn about the quality standards USP has developed for probiotics and how they could be the unifying thread connecting clinical research to academia, industry and patients/consumers.

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What the Letters "USP" Mean on the Label of Your Medicine

What "USP" Means on Your Medicine Label

Learn what the letters “USP” mean on medicine labels, the origin behind them, and how they are related to U.S. laws that aim to protect medicine and dietary supplement quality. 

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USP Verified and Good Housekeeping Seals–A Shared History

Dr. Harvey Wiley's Legacy and the USP Verified and Good Housekeeping Seals

The USP Verified Mark and the Good Housekeeping Seal help consumers find quality products in the marketplace. But did you know these two seals enjoy a shared history? Each is the legacy of the work of pioneering consumer activist and “Father of the Pure Food and Drug Act”—Harvey W. Wiley, M.D.

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Adulteration of Food Ingredients and Dietary Supplements Focus of USP Workshop

Adulteration of Food Ingredients and Dietary Supplements Workshop

Global food and dietary supplement experts to gather Dec. 3–4 for workshop on economically motivated adulterationa and fraud. Organized by USP, American Botanical Council, and Food Protection and Defense Institute, the event will feature new tools and standards for identification and mitigation.

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Detecting Deception: USP Screening Methods for Supplements Adulterated with Drugs

Detecting Drugs in Dietary Supplements

Tainted “lifestyle supplements" may outnumber products free from drugs and their unapproved synthetic analogs.  Learn how proposed new screening methods in USP General Chapter <2251> Adulteration of Dietary Supplements with Drugs and Drug Analogs can help detect these adulterants and protect public health.

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Why Supplement Manufacturers Should Verify the Quality of Their Ingredients

Quality Supplement Ingredients

Manufacturers often rely on trusted suppliers to provide quality ingredients. But is trust enough? Not anymore. In today’s world of increasingly complex global supply chains, it’s okay to trust, so long as you verify.

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