New York’s Health Department is offering its latest offering to consumers: pure, low-sulfur, high-quality products with no artificial colors, preservatives or flavors.
The state’s health departments, known as swanson and songlines, have been testing products in partnership with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since February.
“It’s really important to me that we have products that are going to have a good balance of the nutritional value that we expect from the products we are offering and that we’re offering at a price that is acceptable for consumers,” said Mark Schulman, vice-president of public health for swanson.
In an emailed statement, swanson said its products are “free of preservatives, colorants, and artificial flavors.”
The company is using a process known as “pre-manufacturing” that allows swanson to reduce the amount of ingredients and packaging it uses.
That allows swartz to create a product that can be processed and distributed at home.
Products can be made with any amount of sodium chloride (NaCl), the chemical in natural products that is used to bind to sodium in the food.
Some health products contain sodium chloride in low amounts, but most contain more than 2.4 per cent.
In addition to its products, swartz is offering free samples of its own, to customers who have registered for its Health Products program.
The agency’s first health products initiative is also targeting swartz’s Health Products online pharmacy, where swartz sells a range of health products including its own.
The online pharmacy is designed to allow swartz customers to choose products and then order from swartz.ca’s online pharmacy at the same time, and the products can be shipped to them, said Rebecca Burt, a product development manager at swartz, who has worked at swanson for more than two decades.
She said swartz has been working with the FDA on a new health products program since March.
It’s expected to be up and running by the end of the year, she said.
With files from The Canadian Press