LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Herbalife, a global nutrition company (NYSE: HLF), is presenting a paper on botanical DNA testing methodologies at the Association of Analytical Communities (AOAC) International’s Annual Meeting and Exposition. This is the 130th Annual Meeting and Exposition of the AOAC taking place in Dallas from Sept. 18-21.
The paper entitled “Comparison and Optimization of High-Throughput DNA Extraction Methods for Varied Botanicals” is being presented by Christopher Thompson, an analytical scientist in microbiology at Herbalife Nutrition, to an audience of more than 900 attendees. In addition, the AOAC has accepted nine other poster submissions from Herbalife Nutrition scientists that cover a range of analytical methodologies and advancements in areas including vitamin testing, protein powder testing, DNA extraction, botanical extraction and aloe testing, among others.
“Our research on botanical DNA testing methodologies will raise the bar on ingredient testing for the company and the industry, and we are honored to present our findings at the prestigious AOAC Exposition,” said Gary Swanson, senior vice president, Global Quality, Herbalife. “Herbalife Nutrition has a dedicated team of researchers, scientists and suppliers who are committed to ensuring our nutrition products have the highest quality botanical ingredients.”
In addition, Yanjun Zhang, Ph.D., Herbalife Quality Assurance principal scientist for natural products, and Peter Chang, Herbalife vice president, Quality Control, will co-chair a Symposium for Botanical Dietary Supplement Ingredient Identity Authentication. As part of this session, Congmei Cao, Ph.D., an analytical chemist at the Herbalife Nutrition facility in Torrance, Calif., will be presenting on “Chromatographic Chemical Profiling and Appropriate Use of Botanical Reference Materials for Botanical Ingredient Authentication.”
As a global supplier of herbal supplements, Herbalife Nutrition uses more than 150 botanical ingredients including soybeans, tea and aloe. The company has a robust, science-based product development process guided by a team of more than 300 scientists, 36 of them Ph.Ds., to assure the quality of the products. The Company has invested more than $250 million during the past six years in its manufacturing facilities and now makes nearly 70 percent of all its nutrition products in-house.