TotalQ™ Commitment Aims to Deliver the Next Standard of Quality for the Development and Manufacture of Nutraceutical and Functional Foods Consumer Products
West Caldwell, NJ 29 April 2019 – Vitaquest International announced today that it has formalized a comprehensive quality initiative aimed at fulfilling its goal to be an industry leader in overall quality for the development and manufacture of consumer products in nutraceutical and functional foods markets. Called the TotalQ™ Commitment to Quality, the initiative draws on the company’s activities in a broad range of functions and disciplines including raw material Sourcing, Ingredient Integrity testing, Product Design, Internal QA Systems and Final Product Assurance. To support the more than 4,000 products Vitaquest manufactures, the company conducts extensive raw material, in-process and finished product testing in its state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, with one of the industry’s largest and most experienced teams focused on quality management.
According to Patrick Brueggman, Chief Executive Officer of Vitaquest, the TotalQ Commitment is both a recognition of the physical infrastructure and systems the company currently has in place and a roadmap to work with the industry and customers in the future. ““Vitaquest’s dedication to quality isn’t just about being great at cGMP – which we consider a starting point. Quality is a focal point in every aspect of our business, from the fields where natural ingredients are grown and sourced and extending through our product development and manufacturing facilities all the way to finished products on store shelves. Working closely with regulatory agencies and certifying bodies, we try to lead in the design and development of new, standards-based quality systems, implementing them in our facilities well in advance of other organizations,” he said. “To give you a sense of the extent of our commitment to quality and safety, at Vitaquest, we perform assays on more than 50,000 raw materials and finished products – in-house – every year. Not many companies in our space do that,” he said. Brueggman also highlighted a new Vitaquest logo and corporate identity that underscores the company’s focus on delivering value to the marketplace and its investments across a broad range of value-adding activities.
Quality that excels and yet still improves
According to Tom Lawson, Vice President of Quality Operations and Food Safety, Vitaquest maintains a rigorous supplier qualification program, consistent with industry best practices and compliant with current FDA requirements under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). “Every material that enters our facilities undergoes initial identification testing via spectroscopy (FTNIR or FTIR) or chromatography (HPLC or TLC) and comparison to an approved library standard or reference standard. Further ingredient-specific identification testing is conducted where appropriate, such as genetic ID testing for probiotics and DNA barcoding for crude botanicals,” he said. “Our team at Vitaquest wants to lead in the quality arena, and we have experience in developing our own testing methodologies where none exist – and then sharing these with the industry and our customers,” he added.
Vitaquest operates in accordance with current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) as required by the United State Food and Drug Administration under 21 CFR, Part 111 (Dietary Supplements) and Part 117 (Food Safety). The company’s QA Group employs more than 40 qualified and experienced people that provide support to customers as well as to all areas of the company’s operations. The company is in good standing and maintains a dialogue with regulatory agencies around the world. The US FDA conducts routine inspections of the facility for cGMP compliance, and Vitaquest has an excellent inspection record.
At Vitaquest, all finished products undergo chemical, physical, and microbiological testing prior to release. Compendial test methods and validated in-house procedures are used to ensure consistency and compliance. Certificates of Analysis (COA) are issued for each batch of finished product via a state-of-the-art Laboratory Information System (LIMS) listing the applicable laboratory testing that was conducted and the specifications used.
According to Patrick Brueggman, comprehensive quality systems are just a start for the company. “We are always looking for ways to better serve our customers – whether it’s a new formulation approach, a new delivery system or a new way of ensuring quality and safety. We want to deliver what’s next to the industry,” he said. “We’re very excited to share TotalQ and our ideas on how we can become a better partner for our customers as they look to build their own brands in the marketplace,” he added.
For additional information about Vitaquest International LLC, please visit: www.vitaquest.com.
About Vitaquest International
Headquartered in West Caldwell, NJ USA, Vitaquest International is an industry-leading development and commercialization partner for consumer products featuring a broad array of innovative solutions in nutraceutical and functional foods. A leader in the design and development of new, standards-based quality initiatives, a comprehensive commitment to quality – called TotalQ™ – is at the core of Vitaquest as a company. With over 45+ years of history, Vitaquest has the market insight, global reach and scale of operations to support emerging and existing consumer brands from the idea to the store shelf – with flawless execution in every phase.
Barbara A. Mecchi-Knoll