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Ethical and clean sports are important to Juice Plus+, which is why we want to demonstrate to you that our products are rigorously tested for over 200 banned doping substances.
The Informed-Choice certification is a voluntary program for supplement companies.
WHICH PRODUCTS ARE INFORMED-CHOICE CERTIFIED?
- Juice Plus+ Capsules – Fruit, Vegetable, Berry, Omega
- Complete – Chocolate and vanilla shakes, the chocolate and fruit bars, and soup
WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT FOR ELITE ATHLETES
Athletes are people who take what they put into their bodies seriously and this certification provides confidence that Juice Plus+ products are high quality and unadulterated by banned substances. This certification allows the athlete to safeguard both their health and their professional career.
WHO IS INFORMED-CHOICE AND WHAT DO THEY DO EXACTLY?
By working with Informed-Choice, we are collaborating with the most professional and respected institutions in this area. Informed-Choice certifies that a supplement product and/or the raw materials have been tested at least on a monthly basis for banned substances by LGC’s (Laboratory of the Governments Chemist) world-class sports anti-doping lab.
ESSENTIALLY INFORMED-CHOICE IS A QUALITY ASSURANCE PROGRAM FOR JUICE PLUS+.
Informed-Choice reviews and controls:
- Sports nutrition products
- Suppliers to the sports nutrition industry
- Supplement manufacturing facilities.
They follow a process that starts with a critical control audit and continues with monthly testing. Only after the audit is satisfactory and the product testing has shown no contamination issues can the product be registered into the program and carry the Informed-Choice logo.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
(From the Informed-Choice Website)
Is LGC an accredited laboratory?
LGC is accredited to the ISO 17025 standard for a broad range of analytical testing, including the analysis of nutritional supplements/ingredients for banned substances. LGC Fordham has held this accreditation for supplement/ingredient testing since 2003, grant by UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service, see www.ukas.com: laboratory no. 1187), while LGC Lexington gained its accreditation from A2LA (American Association for Laboratory Accreditation, see www.a2la.org: certificate no. 3244.01) in 2012 shortly after opening. This accreditation covers all relevant matrices: powders, bars, liquids, capsules, tablets, etc., and all tests have defined method capabilities/reporting limits.
Which substances does INFORMED-CHOICE screen for?
LGC's testing capability for supplements/ingredients includes the analysis of over 200 substances that are considered prohibited in sport and substances that pose a threat in respect of product contamination. These substances include drugs of abuse, anabolic agents, stimulants, beta-2-agonists, masking agents, etc.
What are the important things to look for within a testing and certification program?
- That testing methods accredited to ISO 17025 (an international analytical testing standard)
- That accredited methods are used for all of the relevant formulations (liquids, powders, tablets, capsules, bars, etc.)
- That testing is performed by a credible WADA-experienced laboratory (with proven capability)
- A thorough audit of the manufacturing and supply chain quality systems to ensure the products are manufactured to strict GMP standards.
- That the program is committed to education and training
- That the program is committed to underpinning research in supplements and sport
How long has LGC been testing for prohibited substances in supplements?
LGC has been testing for prohibited substances in sport since 2002 and has tested tens of thousands of product/ingredient samples during that time. LGC is currently testing over 13,000 samples per year for over 250 nutrition companies worldwide.