Manufacturing Date vs. Expiration Date
As some of you may have noticed, the labels on more recently packaged products from the Co-op no longer have expiration dates. Instead, the labels or bottles show manufacturing dates. This change was made in order to stay in compliance with the FDA’s latest regulations in regard to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). The new regulation states that any dietary supplements labeled on or after July 21, 2010, must display a “manufacture date” instead of the “expiration date” or “used best by” date.
The updated GMP regulations for dietary supplements bring the manufacturing of vitamins and nutritional supplements more in line with the standards required by the pharmaceutical industry’s GMP. Other than this change to labeling, no other changes to the products have been made unless listed on the product label and supplement facts.
While the expected shelf life on nutritional supplements is 2 years (1 year for Probiotics), we rigorously test each and every product run for quality and efficacy, before it is released, with an independent laboratory in order to ensure that the amounts stated on the supplement facts are verified.
To see the test results for individual products, simply visit our store and look for the “Lab Tests and Studies” tab that will take you to the test results for that product. In addition, the Satisfaction Guaranteed seal found on our website is backed by our return policy and is a further indication of our commitment to our members.