Does Standard Process use Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)?

Standard Process is committed to the health-giving properties of whole food nutrition and using ingredients that have not been genetically modified. As part of this commitment, we first source ingredients from our own 623-acre certified organic farm. Certified organic farming does not allow for genetic engineering. A great majority of all raw plant ingredients used to make our products are grown on our farm. When sourcing ingredients we can’t grow on our farm, we are committed to selecting partners who offer ingredients that have not been genetically engineered. We rigorously evaluate all outside vendors and validate the raw ingredients they supply.

Why is it better to take supplements throughout the day instead of all at once?

The body processes most compounds based on concentration; so the more there is, the faster your body works to process it. The key is getting the right concentration at the right time. Taking smaller amounts throughout the day allows the body to maintain a lower but more consistent amount for a longer period of time. It is more efficient for your body and more effective in sustaining the molecular mechanisms supported by the compounds in our supplements.

Why would a product look different from bottle to bottle?

Because of the variability in sources of natural and organic ingredients, color, texture, and odor may vary from batch to batch. However, the basic formula remains constant, and quality is ensured by repeat testing.

What allergens might be found in Standard Process products

Our products are processed in a facility that manufactures other products containing soy, milk, eggs, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish. The preceding statement is printed on every product label to alert extremely sensitive patients. Please read our labels carefully for any possible ingredient allergens before recommending supplements to patients who are sensitive to certain foods. While we take precautions to avoid cross-contamination by thoroughly cleaning and sanitizing equipment and cleaning production suites, it is possible that some allergen residue may be present.

What do I need to consider when recommending a combination of products?

Standard Process products are thought to work synergistically and support multiple aspects of health. In some cases, combined products can result in very high levels of certain vitamins or minerals. Where warranted, guidance is provided for individual products on the label and in this catalog via warnings and cautions. Additional information about vitamin and mineral levels is provided through the “daily values” reported on the label. These values, set by the Food and Drug Administration, indicate how much of the recommended daily consumption of the nutrient is found in a serving. Several excellent resources detailing vitamin/mineral action and current knowledge regarding recommended levels are available online.

- Linus Pauling Institute

- Food and Nutrition Information Center

- Mayo Clinic

Manufacturing questions

What type of binders do you use?

Honey, arabic gum, cellulose gum, and cellulose are used as binders. Calcium stearate, derived from vegetable sources, is used as a lubricant to help the products flow into the tablet machines.

What yeasts are used in your products?

The three types of yeast used in some of our products are:

Nutritional yeast

High chromium yeast

High selenium yeast

What are the capsules made of?

Most are made of gelatin, derived from animal sourced collagen. The others are made from vegetarian cellulose. The capsule itself is manufactured to result in a strictly kosher gelatin product.

Can the tablets be chewed?

Yes; however, some products include ingredients that may be harmful to teeth so it would be best to check with your health care professional.

Can the capsule products be taken in the powder form?

Yes; it is not necessary to leave the product in the capsule if you prefer to take the product in the powder form.

What is the shelf life of your products?

The shelf life on most of our products is between 1½ and 2 years. The "Best Used By" information, located on all product boxes and on the shoulder of all product bottles, represents the date by which the product is best used by and the product code. Standard Process only guarantees product potency through the “Best Used By” date. Products are continuously tested to determine their shelf life. This testing has shown that certain products tend to have shorter shelf lives, which is reflected in the "Best Used By" date.

Do products have a longer shelf life if they are unopened?

No, the shelf life is the same.

How is the manufacturing equipment cleaned between different product runs?

Between each separate product run, any equipment that comes in contact with ingredients or finished product is disassembled and washed.

Cleaning agents are rotated monthly to avoid bacterial resistance.

Swab samples are taken from several areas of each piece of equipment.

These samples are exposed to a luminometer, which fluoresces in proportion to the amount of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) in the sample.

ATP is found in and around all biological matter and would indicate a possible bacterial presence.

If the luminometer measures ATP results beyond an acceptable level, the cleaning process is repeated and additional ATP tests are conducted.

This is done as many times as needed to obtain acceptable samples.

After the cleaned equipment passes the ATP testing protocol, the equipment is sanitized.

Only then is the equipment reassembled for use with a new batch of product.

If a clean piece of equipment is unused for more than 24 hours, it is resanitized prior to use.

In addition to the equipment itself, the surrounding production suite, including the floors, walls, and vent covers, is cleaned.