Recently, several dietary supplement products have been recalled because of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) violations. GMP are part of the quality assurance process that ensures products are safe to use and are of quality. We’ve written about the importance of having a traceability program in the past–and it’s still just as crucial to have a program in place that is compliant with the new Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR).
Source’s Food Safety Team recommends that each Contract Manufacturing Organization (CMO, or supplier) undertakes an annual current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) audit. This annual audit would include a formal cGMP site inspection and a review of current Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and training logs. Manufacturing practices which are not in adequate control present the possibility of risk being introduced into the manufacturing process, which can result in quality issues in finished supplement products (i.e. identity, purity, strength and composition).
Some common GMP violations include:
- Inadequate identification (i.e. analytical verification) of incoming ingredients
- Lack of set Master Manufacturing Records (MMRs)
- Ineffective finished product testing
- Failure to implement and follow written procedures
- Failure to set limits on contaminants
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