"Our customers want to know that our systems are reliable and that we have been certified to ensure quality and safety," said Craig Maltby, communications manager at the Des Moines-based company.
Kemin Foods produces and markets FloraGLO Lutein, a purified antioxidant ingredient used by nutritional supplement, food and beverage companies worldwide.
This certification confirms that the company's management systems in manufacturing, general management, purchasing, engineering, research/development, quality control, marketing and customer support meet international standards.
"This process has also encouraged us to improve our management, tracking and documentation systems," said Maltby.
Several studies have linked natural antioxidant lutein with eye-health benefits, namely with reducing the risk of age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.
While still one of the newest carotenoids to become available to food and supplement makers, sales of lutein are growing rapidly and Kemin's quality certification will boost its credibility in an increasingly competitive market.
Kemin will also be announcing new research into lutein and skincare at the IFT in Las Vegas in July.
Recent research has suggested that lutein may promote healthy skin as it appears to quench free radicals that may lead to oxidative stress that can damage cells in these tissues.