Cedar Bear Naturales™ QA/QC (Quality Assurance / Quality Control) Standards
Cedar Bear Naturales™ and its departments all adhere to the same exacting and stringent QA/QC standards. These standards serve two purposes. 1st is to assure that safe and accurate ingredients are used in all products we produce. 2nd is to make sure that the controls are in place for clean contaminant-free production that meets the highest standards for our industry. The following QA/QC standards are utilized and adhered to by Cedar Bear and its departments:
U.S. FDA cGMP
cGMP stands for current Good Manufacturing Practices. The cGMP standard that all companies must comply with is the U.S. Federal Government’s FDA cGMP rules & regulation policy. Though different than FDA cGMP standards for the drugs & pharmaceutical industry, the FDA cGMP standards for herbal & dietary supplements industry are very detailed and stringent, and in some areas are more restrictive and stringent than that for drug & pharmaceutical industry cGMP rules & regulations.
Cedar Bear FDA cGMP standards are guided by 21 CFR 111 and 21 CFR 110 policy & rules. One (111) deals with all aspects of the ‘intrinsic’ product itself, while the other (110) deals with product labeling and claims issues. Both are part of FDA cGMP oversight of the herbal & dietary supplements industry for product quality & safety and accuracy of product labeling & claims.
Cedar Bear Naturales™ is fully FDA cGMP inspection passed & compliant. In many areas we actually exceed the minimum standard for cGMP compliance.
Kosher (Kashrus) Certified
‘Kosher’ is a very stringent consumables preparation standard rooted in antiquity and proven in modern food and dietary science.Where the word ‘kashrus’ is used, it means to be in a state of being kosher, which all Cedar Bear Naturales™ retail brands are.
Our kosher certification is done through Scroll K, an OU (Orthodox Union) recognized affiliate kosher certifying agency. Aspects of the kosher certified standard we adhere to are actually more stringent that FDA cGMP standards for the same aspects.
Statistics have shown that over 70% of individual shoppers seeking kosher certified prepared products are not of the religious affiliation from which kosher originated. Their reason for seeking out kosher certified products is the assurance such products are manufactured to consistently clean standards and don’t contain ingredients deemed to be harmful to health and well-being in general.
“Halal” means complying with Islamic (i.e. Muslim) dietary law. This includes halal’s restriction against alcohol. Alcohol must never even touch a product, for to do so would mean that product is ‘Haraam,’ which means ‘unclean’ and contrary to Islamic dietary law.
With Halal trade at 16% (and growing) of all traded commodities world-wide, the fact that our products are halal compliant is a real plus for health & herbal using Muslim consumers desiring to be halal in their lives.
Cedar Bear uses no animal parts or ingredients in its products. Even the glycerin used is 100% USP Grade Kosher Certified ‘Vegetable’ glycerin.
Since no grain alcohol is used in the making of Cedar Bear TincTract® products there is no chance of contaminating our products with alcohol that may contain gluten tags, which in very gluten sensitive individuals can set of adverse gluten caused reactions. And yes, if the fermented grains from which alcohol is distilled is not double, or better yet, triple distilled, there is no guarantee that light mole weight gluten particles will not distill into the alcohol during initial distillation for alcohol.
Also, no Cedar Bear retail brands products contain gluten containing ingredients. Only herbs, glycerin and water are used in the making of our products utilizing the revolutionary ‘Genuine TincTract® Made’ process for making our concentrated and potent liquid herbal products.
Totally Additive Free
All Cedar Bear Naturales™ retail brands liquid herbal products have no additives or chemical preservatives. Amazingly, those products have a product label listed shelf life expiration of 4 years, the longest in the industry, and, they require no refrigeration after opening!
FDA ‘Full Disclosure’ Product Label Compliant
Unlike many competitor herbal product companies who qualify to take the FDA labeling rule exemptions on full disclosure, and have done so, we here at Cedar Bear Naturales™ chose to not take those exemptions but instead chose to provide consumers with product labels that are full disclosure as detailed in FDA rules & regulations on the issue.
Full disclosure labeling is one way we prove to consumers that we are more interested in their getting ALL the information FDA labeling standards are intended to provide for concerned consumers, even if it costs us more to do so.