USDA Organic Symbol
ChemDefense strives to source as many raw materials it can find to use that has been organically certified. The USDA’s National Organic Program regulates the standards for any farm, wild crop harvesting, or handling operation that wants to sell an agricultural product as organically produced. The National Organic Program and the Organic Foods Production Act are intended to assure consumers that the organic foods they purchase are produced, processed, and certified to be consistent with national organic standards. U.S. producers are turning to certified organic farming systems as a potential way to lower input costs, decrease reliance on nonrenewable resources, capture high-value markets and premium prices, and boost farm income. Organic farming systems rely on ecologically based practices such as cultural and biological pest management, exclusion of all synthetic chemicals, antibiotics, and hormones in crop and livestock production.
ChemDefense is committed to excellence and truly cares about the products we carry that are vegan safe. This seal indicates products that contain no animal products. The seal is visible to consumers living a vegan lifestyle. We also want to bring awareness to consumers that vegan products are more environmentally friendly and reduce the world’s carbon footprint. We do not support the torture and killing of animals for food.
No Animal Testing
ChemDefense is committed to excellence and has created a seal for the products we carry that are cruelty free. We believe ABSOLUTELY NO ANIMAL TESTING should be performed. Currently there are no government standards for animal testing, so we assume the research ourselves to insure that the products we carry with this seal are of the highest standards and free from any animal testing or cruelty. This commitment benefits our clients and the environment.
ChemDefense is committed to excellence and believes in products that are GMO free. We believe these radical changes scientists are developing are not only extremely dangerous to our health, but also to our economy and environment. You will currently NOT see any GMO labels on foods in the US. This seal indicates products are free from Genetically Modified Foods.
cGMP (current Good Manufacturing Practices)
Being cGMP compliant is no longer a voluntary standard for companies in our industry to comply with but will be required under the emerging FDA guidelines for cGMP standard, and ChemDefense fully supports this uniform standard. We search and use companies that are cGMP compliant and will be compliant with FDA final guidelines when they are published. A recent review of the approved standards showed that we are already compliant with or exceed cGMP in many areas of our operation as applies to our particular business setup and place in the industry.
ChemDefense’s manufacturers are FDA Registered. The law now requires that all companies who produce products for human consumption, whether medicinal, nutritional, beverage or confectionery, must register their facility and operations with the FDA. Further, all information pertaining to a company’s address and nature of business must be current with FDA at all times. Being FDA Registered assures our accounts, customers and the public that the manufacturer is a fully disclosed company with the government. This is essential where interstate and international commerce of our products and the raw materials they are made from is concerned. Issues such as public health, product safety and being in compliance with importation laws, regulations and monitoring is more effectively dealt with through the ‘FDA Registered’ policy. Being FDA Registered does not imply that the products have been approved or certified by the FDA. Where nutritional and/or dietary/herbal supplements are concerned the FDA does not approve such products, however, FDA does have full regulatory authority where the manufacture of or claims made for these types of products are concerned. Using FDA registered manufacturers means that ChemDefense places public safety and well-being as a top priority.
ChemDefense uses and chooses products from NSF certified manufacturing facilities. NSF International, The Public Health and Safety Company™, a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization, is the world leader in standards development, product certification, education, and risk-management for public health and safety. For 60 years, NSF has been committed to public health, safety, and protection of the environment. While focusing on food, water, indoor air, and the environment, NSF develops national standards, provides learning opportunities through its Center for Public Health Education, and provides third-party conformity assessment services while representing the interests of all stakeholders. The primary stakeholder groups include industry, the regulatory community, and the public at large. NSF is widely recognized for its scientific and technical expertise in the health and environmental sciences. Its professional staff includes engineers, chemists, toxicologists, and environmental health professionals with broad experience both in public and private organizations. NSF has earned the Collaborating Center designations by the World Health Organization (WHO) for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment. Serving manufacturers operating in 80 countries, NSF was founded in 1944 and is headquartered in Ann Arbor, MI USA. The NSF Mark is recognized for its value in international trade around the world and is respected by regulatory agencies at the local, state, and federal levels.
Environmental Working Group (EWG)
ChemDefense supports and promotes the work of the EWG. The mission of the Environmental Working Group (EWG) is to use the power of public information to protect public health and the environment. EWG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded in 1993 by Ken Cook and Richard Wiles. In 2002, they founded the EWG Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) organization that advocates on Capitol Hill for health-protective and subsidy-shifting policies. EWG specializes in providing useful resources (like the Shoppers’ Guide to Pesticides in Produce) to consumers while simultaneously pushing for national policy change. They protect the most vulnerable segments of the human population—children, babies, and infants in the womb—from health problems attributed to a wide array of toxic contaminants.
They also work to replace federal policies, including government subsidies that damage the environment and natural resources, with policies that invest in conservation and sustainable development.
Our research brings to light unsettling facts that you have a right to know. It shames and shakes up polluters and their lobbyists. It rattles politicians and shapes policy. It persuades bureaucracies to rethink science and strengthen regulation. It provides practical information you can use to protect your family and community. For more information and how you can help visit: www.ewg.org