In this digital age, consumer knowledge is power – and it’s easier than ever to find information as a buyer to ensure you’re purchasing quality goods. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has made it mandatory for nearly all manufactured food, beverages, drugs, and even cosmetics to contain a product label so consumers are better informed about what they’re buying. This covers dietary supplements such as herbs as well, and many people appreciate that when they buy consumable goods whether it be meal ingredients or kratom tea that there are regulations to help keep them safe.
When purchasing herbal kratom products, it’s essential that you purchase from a reputable vendor. One of the best ways to ensure you receive a quality product is by purchasing kratom that follows the FDA guidelines and is clearly and accurately labeled. On kratom labels, there are five requirements set forth by the FDA: (1) name of the supplement, (2) net quantity, (3) nutrition labeling, (4) ingredients list, and (5) the manufacturer / packer / distributor’s name and place of business. An essential part of this label that is not required by federal law but helps you determine whether you’re buying from a safe and reliable source is a kratom COA, or certificate of analysis.
What Is a Kratom Certificate of Analysis?
A COA contains pertinent information from third-party lab testing on finished kratom products that are ready for sale. This independently performed chemical analysis identifies plant compounds to let you know the level of active ingredients that give kratom its unique herbal benefits including mitragynine and 7-hydroxy-mitragynine (7-OH).
Additionally, you can find information on contaminants such as E. coli, mold, yeast, arsenic, and lead. It’s important to look at the results to determine whether your product is safe for consumption and to only choose kratom products that have been independently tested so as to avoid any conflict of interest in lab results.
Why Is a Kratom COA So Important?
Also known as a lab certificate, a kratom COA helps you weed out poorly manufactured products. Unless you want to perform your own testing, there’s no other way for you to ensure that the herbal products you purchase don’t contain unsafe levels of bacteria, heavy metals, and other harmful ingredients. Most likely, you don’t have the specialized equipment necessary to do so even if you wanted to go through all of that.
By providing such detailed information, a kratom COA enables you to consider potency and purity of a product before you buy. This level of transparency goes beyond what is required by law, yet is an important part of kratom labels when choosing your product so that you can trust you receive the highest quality.
How Do Kratom Labels Work?
All kratom should meet the bare minimum FDA label requirements. Reputable vendors go above and beyond those to provide more information on the quality and safety of their products.
The American Kratom Association (AKA) is an organization established to support consumers by ensuring legal access to pure, safe kratom products and to help them make informed decisions about kratom product purchasing. They have established a good manufacturing practice (GMP) standards program.
In order to become AKA GMP Certified, which few manufacturers like Super Speciosa have done as it’s no easy feat, you must meet their rigorous criteria. Their recommended guidelines for kratom labels, which are on top of the FDA guidelines, include the following:
- Prohibition of:
- Medical claims for the cure, treatment, prevention, or mitigation of health conditions
- Clinical research data
- Structure / function claims
- Inclusion of:
- Advisement that consumers should consult with their healthcare provider for dosing information
- Advisement that kratom products are not to be consumed by those under the age of 18 or those who are pregnant
- Batch / lot number on every product label
- Clear labeling of mitragynine and 7-OH content
- Printed statement: “This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or condition.”
Additionally, many of these guidelines are not only applicable to product labels but to digital and tangible marketing materials by the vendor as well.
So, kratom labels from reputable sources should meet all of the FDA and the AKA guidelines, as well as contain a Certificate of Analysis.
How Are Kratom Labels With the COA Typically Printed?
Normally, kratom manufacturers print the packaging materials for their herbal products and then add a separately printed COA sticker after packaging. This allows packaging to be easily accessible at any time and helps save a little money, so it’s understandable why nearly all kratom manufactures do it this way. However, it is possible to upgrade this system as Super Speciosa has done.
Why Does Super Speciosa Do It Differently?
As a pioneer in this industry, Super Speciosa is dedicated to improving every aspect of the manufacturing process, from raw materials before harvesting to customer service after you order our kratom capsules, tea, or other products.
In an effort to upgrade our packaging material for aesthetics, efficiency, quality, and sustainability, our company uses a cutting-edge laser printer to directly add a scannable QR code on every single bottle, bag, box, or other container. Once you scan the code, you are linked to the COA for the small-batch testing results. Super simple, plus it helps save valuable resources during our modern challenges in the supply chain!
Does that change anything about the quality of our product? No, each one is still third-party lab tested with the certificate of authenticity to detail the purity and potency of every batch. You can still and always trust us to provide you with high-quality, unadulterated kratom products as an AKA GMP Certified vendor.
While many kratom products are questionable as you don’t know exactly what you’re getting in addition to kratom, we eliminate that question mark with independent testing. So, you can rest assured you’re receiving superior M. speciosa from Super Speciosa in every single product, even if our labels look a little different than everyone else’s. And, you can trust that we’re always ahead of the curve when it comes to innovation, transparency, and sustainability.