NutraBio makes an investment in purity in reaction to NCL’s report on hidden pathogens.


Are insects, mice droppings and pathogens making their way into your supplements?
Not if they’re made by NutraBio….

The nation’s oldest consumer organization, the
National Consumers League (NCL), believes it’s possible and wants the FDA to
take action. The NCL released a report on unsanitary
wood and plastic pallets in the food supply chain. They tested wood pallets
behind food distribution warehouses and grocery stores and found 10% were
positive for E coli bacteria and 2.9% positive with Listeria, and half of
these, when further tested, contained Listeria monocytogenes, one of the
most virulent food borne pathogens. High aerobic plate counts, which reflect
unsanitary conditions of the pallets, were found on approximately one third
of the wood pallets and one fifth of the plastic pallets. Any company that
uses pallets knows they often contain pathogens, rodent and bird droppings, insects and chemical contaminants that can find their way into products.

NutraBio Takes action: NutraBio has always been committed to the
highest standards of quality, purity and safety. After reading this report,
Mark Glazier, founder and CEO of NutraBio committed to removing all plastic
and wood pallets from their manufacturing facilities. “If there is even the
slightest possibility that these pallets can introduce pathogens, insects or
any contaminants into our products, we have the absolute responsibility to
our customers to prevent it.” NutraBio has always banned wood pallets in
their production facility and has now taken the further step of removing all
wood and plastic pallets from their entire facility, including their
warehouses. NutraBio has replaced over 200 wood and plastic pallets with
stainless steel, at a cost of over $400 per pallet this move does not come



NutraBio takes delivery of stainless steel

NutraBio bans all wooden and plastic pallets.

Although it’s common for pharmaceutical
manufacturers to use stainless steel pallets, the dietary supplement
industry has not followed suit because of the high expense. NutraBio is the
only nutraceutical or dietary supplement manufacturer to completely ban all
wood and plastic pallets from their facilities and convert to stainless
steel. The switch to stainless steel pallets comes at a cost of over
$100,000 which explains why the industry as a whole is reluctant to join in. In addition, all
of NutraBio pallets are stored inside and absolutely no pallets are allowed
in from outside companies. New shipments received are quarantined, checked
for contaminants, then unloaded from their pallets and reloaded onto
sanitized stainless steel pallets before entering the main warehouse.

A major concern with pallets
is their use and storage without any regulation for cleanliness, where they
have been or where they are going. Pallets travel through dozens of
destinations during their lifespan picking up pathogens and contaminates all
along the way. A pallet used one day for hazardous chemicals will be on its
way to a baby formula manufacturer the next day. There is absolutely no
regulation. A pallet that carries raw seafood on ice to a given destination,
then heads of lettuce or apples to the next, could potentially contaminate
that produce and lead to food borne illness. But that’s just the beginning.

City fire codes prevent
pallets from being stored indoors so they end up in pallet yards like those
pictured below. Pallets stored outside absorb water and become a breeding
ground for bacteria, and a perfect home for insects and rodents. These
pallets are then brought back into manufacturing facilities along with all
their contaminants. It is thought that the average pallet visits over 200
destinations during it’s lifespan picking up and delivering contaminants and
pathogens all along the way.

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