SALT LAKE CITY, March 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- USANA Health Sciences, Inc. (NYSE: USNA), a global nutritional company, is expanding its personalization options by offering a number of OK branded kosher certified products. The OK symbol is recognized and accepted worldwide by health conscious consumers, people with food allergies, and vegans.
"We understand and strive to meet the specific needs of our customers in all the countries and markets we represent," says Dr. John Cuomo, USANA's executive director of product development and technology. "We are excited to offer the kosher certification to provide our customers with another option in personalizing their nutrition."
To be certified with the Organized Kashrut Laboratories (the OK) symbol requires that no animal derived ingredients be used in USANA's production practices. In addition, the leading supplement supplier must uphold strict guidelines in its manufacturing processes, including an annual inspection of the facility, a monthly inspection from a local rabbi and solid documentation of every batch of raw ingredients used in kosher products.
"All of us here at USANA have proved time and again that we will do whatever it takes to ensure the quality of our products," says Dr. Carsten Smidt, USANA's vice president of research and development. "This certification reinforces our already stringent standards in the cleanliness of our process, our documentation, and adherence to good manufacturing (GMP) protocols."
The list of USANA products that feature the OK kosher symbol and the countries in which they are available is as follows:
- Active Calcium™ — United States, Australia/New Zealand
- Active Calcium Plus — Canada
- Active Calcium Chewable — United States, Canada, Australia/New Zealand
- Ginkgo-PS™ — United States, Canada, Australia/New Zealand
- Visionex® — United States, Canada, Australia/New Zealand
- Essentials Kosher, which consist of Mega Antioxidant without Vitamin K and a unique Chelated Mineral formula — United States
- Vitamin D — Canada, Australia/New Zealand
Founded in 1992, USANA Health Sciences (NYSE: USNA) is a U.S.-based nutritional company that manufactures high-quality supplements and personal care, energy and weight-management products in its FDA-registered facility in Salt Lake City. USANA's products, tested by NSF International and used by more than 600 professional athletes, are developed by the company's award-winning team of scientists and sold directly to Preferred Customers and Associates in 18 international markets.
USANA is the No. 1 Rated Brand in Direct Sales Based on Customer Satisfaction in ConsumerLab.com's 2013 Survey of Vitamin and Supplement Users. Named one of Outside magazine's "Best Places to Work" for four consecutive years, USANA has received more than 100 state, national and international accolades, including Utah Best of State, Stevie Awards, Australian Business Awards, NutriSearch Editor's Choice and others. Learn more about USANA (www.USANA.com) and the USANA True Health Foundation (www.USANAfoundation.org/), stay current with the official USANA blog (www.whatsupUSANA.com), like us on the USANA Facebook page (www.facebook.com/USANAhealthsciences), or follow USANA on Twitter (@USANAinc).
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