Local vitamin producer takes pride in concise product labeling
U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter learned the science of making all-natural nutritional supplements during a tour of FoodState Inc. in Londonderry Monday. From left are process developer Richard LaFond, Shea-Porter and CEO Robert Craven. (APRIL GUILMET)
In 2009, FoodState instituted a company-wide policy requiring documentation and labeling of all its ingredients and avoiding using genetically modified ingredients, according to Chief Executive Officer Robert Craven.
During a tour of the Delta Drive manufacturing facility Monday morning, U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter said such practices are currently the exception, not the rule — something she's hoping will eventually change.
"It's not going to happen overnight, but we're still glad that people seem to be interested in this bill," Shea-Porter said on Monday. "My position is that consumers should be aware (if GMOs are present in products) so they can decide for themselves."
This production process, known as Slo-Food, was developed through partnered research at the University of New Hampshire, Craven noted.
The company currently has approximately 165 employees, many of whom have been employed there a decade or longer.
In an effort to achieve complete transparency, FoodState officials have taken things a step further by sending 30 or so company representatives out into the field to show the ingredients in their original habitat.
Stacy Gillespie, director of product marketing, said each completed tablet is treated to prevent oxidation and then checked by hand.
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