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Kratom Trade Association releases new Guide to Good Manufacturing Practices; pushes for adherence across Kratom industry
The Kratom Trade Association (KTA), a leading non-profit trade organization representing manufacturers, distributors and retailers of natural Kratom products, today released its new “Guide to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs).” This comprehensive guide, the most thorough and detailed to date, provides an overview of the standards, with instruction to meet them, that ensure only safe, unadulterated, natural Kratom products reach consumers for better health and well-being.
Adapted from U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) and specifically designed for Kratom product safety, the standards cover areas such as ensuring hygienic practices for employees, proper testing protocol including acceptable limits, ways to ensure equipment is suitable for its intended use, and how the entire manufacturing process can be overseen by trained quality control personnel. The document also includes guidance on packaging, labeling, and what to do with returned products.
“These standards are a critically important way to make certain that Kratom manufacturers, distributors, and retailers have access to the latest and best information on how to ensure their products are of the highest possible quality,” said Eduardo Brambila, Community Organizer with the KTA. “The latest reports on rogue contaminated Kratom have shed light on the already established, and agreed upon need for, GMP standards. We are eager to get them into the hands of everyone in our industry. Since day one, KTA’s mission has been to protect the consumer by urging quality industry standards across the board, and this guide delivers on making that promise happen.”
The KTA requires its member companies that manufacture, package, label, hold/store, or distribute raw Kratom ingredients or finished Kratom products, to adopt these standards. As a benefit, KTA will provide assistance to new members who have not yet become GMP compliant. When achieved, KTA will add all compliant companies to its growing member database. “By publishing this database, KTA can provide consumers with a resource where they can locate GMP compliant companies,” Eduardo added.
For more information, or to become a KTA member, please contact: Eduardo Brambila, Community Organizer.
The Kratom Trade Association (KTA) is dedicated to the safe and responsible use of Kratom botanical products in the U.S. KTA is committed to regulatory compliance and will develop and promote use of best practices and quality standards for the industry. KTA will support Kratom research initiatives and conduct advocacy efforts to educate policy makers and the public about the benefits of Kratom, as well as dispelling common misconceptions. Visit www.kratomtrade.org for more information.
Eduardo Brambila, (202) 827-0909
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