CERRITOS, CA (September 11, 2018) – Captek Softgel International, Inc., announces its participation as an exhibitor at VitaFoods Asia, September 11–12, 2018, in Singapore, Malaysia, where it will introduce its newest products and services to conference attendees from around the world. As a leading softgel contract manufacturer (CMO) in the vitamins, minerals and supplements (VMS) market, the company’s knowledgeable staff will be on-site to share their expertise with conference participants, advising on various components of product development, production and distribution.
Captek Softgel International has a stellar reputation for manufacturing complex formulations and for providing exceptional quality control and quality assurance standards, and now buyers have more ways to partner with the company. “As a committed resource partner, we’ve diversified our product line to stay ahead of consumer demands,” said Terry Keller, Vice President of Sales for Captek Softgel International, Inc. “Utilizing science-based innovation, we help our partners better serve their clientele to champion wellness worldwide.”
Quality Control Manager is responsible for the whole oversight of the Quality Control department. They are to appropriate, delegate, and Quality Control operations and related task to ensure company’s full Quality Control support as well as provide technical and operational guidance and training to subordinate staff and other departments within the organization. They will need to strategically ensure to successful performance of the Quality Control group in properly evaluating and testing raw materials, in-process materials, finished products, and any other testing needs, as well as ensuring technical review, cGMP compliance as relating to laboratory operations, and customer technical support. The individual will need to review the system and the output of the Quality Control group for compliance to company policies and the quality requirements required in the dietary supplement industry.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Per compliance to cGMP, Captek SOPs, and training, thoroughly reviews and verifies Quality Control systems and operations within the department as well as in support of the organization. Other duties may be assigned
Oversees and technically review Captek’s sanitation program and systems.
Represents Captek’s Quality Control operations as needed in customer and regulatory audits, meetings, qualifications, and/or any other such required instances.
Oversees that all proper SOP’s testing methods, documentation, training, qualifications and programs, investigations, compliance, and system optimization as relating to the Quality Control group are in place and are appropriately maintained.
Verifies systems are in place, effective and adhered by the Quality Control department as relating to raw materials, in-process materials, finished products, test requirement, and any other testing, qualification and technical needs for successful quality control support of Captek Softgel International operations.
Oversees that proper testing and methodologies are executed respective of Captek’s quality systems.
As necessary, thoroughly reviews completed and/or prepared Quality Control documentation and dispositions or endorses appropriately upon verification of documentation as accurate, true and complete.
Oversees that proper testing of raw materials and finished products are being carried out and completed in a timely manner, adhering to all set schedules, confirmed by Quality Control Staff and committed by self, and/or based on reasonable demand of Captek’s operational support.
Authors and/ or reviews Quality Control related SOPS, while ensuring proper adherence to by subordinate Quality Control Staff.
Develops, transfers, authors, oversees and/or reviews Quality Control Test Methods, while ensuring proper execution of approved methods by Quality Control staff.
Maintains a strong conceptual understanding of the processes, procedures, and scientific concepts practiced in the Quality Control laboratory. Provides Quality Control staff with respective guidance and support.
As necessary, safely and appropriately user and instructs/trains the usage of tools such as scalpels, glassware, dishes, weighing dishes, pipets, burets, volumetric flasks, ovens, furnaces, stirrers/heat-plates, baths, balances, titrators, chemically resistant containers, graduated cylinders, beakers, spectrophotometer cuvettes and permanent markers.
As necessary, safety and appropriately uses and instructs/trains the usage of reagents (substance or compounds) such as water, acids and bases of varying concentrations, buffers and solvents ranging from weak to strong that are added to a system in order to bring about a chemical reaction or to see if a reaction, interaction or separation occurs.
Must exemplify adherence to all safety, cGMP and Capteks Standard Operating Procedures, particularly those of the 6 series, while keeping accountability of other QC staff to the same.
Quality Control Manager must have the ability to be flexible, handle and support multiple projects simultaneously and adjust personal style to adapt to increase business pressures and work well under pressure while performing all tasks accurate, complete and appropriate manner.
Quality Control Manager must have the ability to communicate effectively inter- and intra- departmentally matters as pertaining to Quality Control.
Minimum Bachelor’s Degree; Master’s degree (M. A.) or equivalent preferred; with a minimum of seven years related experience and/or training, of which a year to two of managerial experience a plus, or equivalent education, experience, background and assessed aptitude and capacity. Degree in the sciences as relating to Microbiology and/or Chemistry preferred.
Quality Assurance & Regulatory Manager is responsible for the whole oversight of the Quality Assurance department, and floor quality at both manufacturing and packaging sites. They are to appropriate, delegate, and review Quality Assurance operations and related tasks to ensure company’s full Quality Assurance support as well as quality operational guidance and training to subordinate staff and other departments within the organization. They will need to ensure the quality assurance group in properly evaluating floor process quality systems and controls, investigations and dispositions, and any other quality needs to drive to quality product manufacture, processes, and systems. The individual will need to continually review and uphold company policies, procedures, and quality requirements required in the dietary supplement industry.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Manages all QA Supervisors, Assistant Supervisors, Leads, Technicians, and Document Control Specialists in both manufacturing and packaging facilities. This may include, but is not limited to, scheduling and coordinating work assignments for the department/shifts, along with planning and setting QA department goals and objectives, and respectively coordinating and directing QA department activities.
Per compliance to cGMP, Captek SOPs, and training, thoroughly reviews and verifies Quality Assurance systems and operations within the department and in application at floor, driving facilities’ organizational quality.
Conduct departmental adherence, task, and/or job performance reviews which include developing and managing metrics to track and drive facilities’ quality performance, respective appropriate actions for negative trend remediation, and for continual improvement.
Represents Captek’s Quality Assurance operations as needed in customer and regulatory audits, meetings, qualifications, and/or any other such required instances.
As necessary, thoroughly reviews completed and/or prepared Quality Assurance documentation and dispositions or endorses appropriately upon verification of documentation as accurate, true, and complete.
Authors and/or reviews Quality Assurance related SOPS, while ensuring proper adherence to by subordinate Quality Control staff.
Perform and/or coordinate training of department personnel as needed, while developing, interpreting, and implementing policies and procedures for the area of responsibility.
Leads cross-functional teams on projects as pertaining to quality and process control initiatives, investigations, policies and/or procedures writing/review, best practices, and/or corrective and preventative action plans.
Assist QA Supervisors for interviewing and hiring QA personnel
Analyze quality data and make recommendations for improvement, participating in development, interpretation, and implementation of policies and procedures for the area of responsibility
Initiate disciplinary actions and investigates incidents when required, as appropriate
Maintains a strong conceptual understanding of the processes, procedures, and quality requirements required of our operations. Provides staff with respective guidance and support.
Assures facilities’ compliance with quality requirements, exemplifying adherence to all safety, cGMP, and Captek’s Standard Operating Procedures and Policies, particularly, while keeping accountability of staff to the same.
Must have the ability to be flexible, handle and support multiple projects simultaneously and adjust personal style to adapt to increased business pressures and work well under pressure while performing all tasks in an accurate, complete, timely and appropriate manner.
Must have the ability to communicate effectively inter- and intra- departmentally on matters as pertaining to QA.
Perform other related quality and compliance duties as assigned VP of Q&R.
Minimum of 10 years relevant work experience with 5 years in a Supervisory and/or Managerial role.
Experience managing and scheduling a shift of five (5) or more employees
Experience in training personnel
Minimum Bachelor’s degree in health science or related discipline. Master’s degree preferred. Equivalent combination of education, experience, background, and assessed aptitude and capacity
Deep working knowledge of cGMPs and FDA regulations
ASQ CQA and/or CHA certification preferred
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to work near moving mechanical parts; fumes or airborne particles and risk of electrical shock.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Physical demands require sitting for extended periods of time, walking, bending, reaching, carrying, and occasionally lifting and/or moving objects up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include Close vision, Peripheral vision and Ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear.
To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
Analytical – Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Collects and researches data; Uses intuition and experience to complement data. Demonstrates attention to detail.
Problem Solving – Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Works well in group problem solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
Technical Skills – Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others.
Interpersonal – Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting; Keeps emotions under control; Remains open to others’ ideas and tries new things.
Oral Communication – Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Participates in meetings.
Team Work – Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Supports everyone’s efforts to succeed; Recognizes accomplishments of other team members.
Written Communication – Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Presents numerical data effectively and accurately; Able to read and interpret written information.
Quality Management – Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.
Diversity – Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; Promotes a harassment-free environment.
Ethics – Treats people with respect; Upholds organizational values.
Support – Follows policies and procedures; Supports organization’s goals and values.
Adaptability – Adapts to changes in the work environment; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
Attendance/Punctuality – Is consistently at work and on time; Ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent; Arrives at meetings and appointments on time.
Dependability – Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments; Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals.
Accountability – Upholds own responsibilities while keeping others engaged with the task requested in cases of collaborative work.
Initiative – Volunteers readily; Undertakes self-development activities; Seeks increased responsibilities; Asks for and offers help when needed.
Judgment – Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; Supports and explains reasoning for decisions.
Planning/Organizing – Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources; Keeps area organized and structured so as to adequately manage tasks
Professionalism – Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.
Quality – Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.
Quantity – Meets productivity standards; Completes work in timely manner; Strives to increase productivity; Works quickly.
Safety and Security – Observes safety and security procedures; Determines appropriate action beyond guidelines; Reports potentially unsafe conditions; Uses equipment and materials properly.
Captek Softgel International is a proud member of GOED, the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s. GOED works to set high standards for the industry and educate industry participants about omega-3 issues. The GOED Voluntary Monograph has served as the definition of quality in the industry since 2002. The Monograph adopts the strictest aspects of quality and safety regulations around the world, ensuring that products meeting GOED standards are safe and effective.
Captek Softgel International, a leading manufacturer of more than 2.5 billion softgels annually, reported strong interest in three softgel concepts created specifically for dietary supplement companies at Natural Products Expo West, the largest natural products show in the United States.
The three concepts represented technological advances in dietary supplement delivery systems. “Many consumers find softgels easier to swallow, and more attractive than tablets,” said Tim Chiprich, vice president of product Development. “The three concepts we developed showcase what the next generation of softgels can do.”
Greg Dodson, Archer Daniel Midland (ADM) Company Manager of Food and Wellness, said the company is impressed on the strategy that turns commercial opportunities into realities. This impression led ADM to enter into omega-3 market making itself the first in the animal feed markets. The move into the omega-3s space and a deal with privately held synthetic-held Synthetic Genomics will develop an Algal DHA ingredient. Heterotropic Algae production is pricey, says ADM, but demand for resulting ingredient can enhance its current portfolio of nutritional ingredients. This is the first ingredient partnership ADM has entered into.
Great abs, immense pecs and a body that doesn’t have even one ounce of body fat, can be what L-arginine may be of benefits. L-arginine is one of the 22 amino acids found in high-protein foods. It’s been used as a supplement ingredient to improve libido, sports performance, and for cardiovascular health. A pilot study measured the effects of L-arginine taken daily for 12 weeks on healthy persons. Evidences show that L-arginine has weight loss promoting powers and found useful in treating central, or visceral obesity. In this case, L-arginine then may help blast belly fast.
New signs point to the promise in green chemistry. It is turning to solutions in the search for environmentally-friendly alternatives. Green chemistry is a discipline that focuses on the design and manufacturing of chemicals in a way that reduces or eliminates the generation of toxics and waste. It focuses on the use of green alternatives and the ability for materials to biodegrade. “Seventh Generation” celebrates this as an opportunity to further explore ‘green chemistry’and drive innovation in this field. Scroll through some of these more notable dates in toxic chemical regulation and green chemistry history.
Science makes unexpected connections between studies, and leads to new hypothesis that might reveal new discoveries. The problem, however, is when a published research, particularly on studying the effects or benefits of specific dietary ingredients, demonstrates mixed results and raises contradicting conclusions. These may be true in many cases, but many of us value a supplement research as an informative resource when it comes to sharing the latest in nutritional and supplement study. When scientists deter future research, they discourage that inquiry that might lead to the next big breakthrough. Here are some examples:
The Organic Trade Association’s (OTA’s) U.S. Families’ Organic Attitudes & Beliefs 2014 Tracking Study, a survey of more than 1,200 households, found that price has become much less of a barrier to purchasing organic products. Organic food usually costs a little more than non-organic. But a new study shows that an increasing number of American parents are willing to pay a little more on the highest quality and most healthy products. OTA partnered with KIWI Magazine to conduct a survey at the buying patterns of American households, who buy organic products, what are those products, and the reasons behind those decisions.
New study questions vitamin D’s effects on asthma sufferers—but vitamin D supplementation did help asthmatics cut inhaler use. Low levels of vitamin D are thought to play a role in many medical problems, from asthma to osteoporosis to diabetes. Previous studies suggested that if you have asthma and low levels of vitamin D in the blood, you have worse lung function. This study is the first randomized controlled trial to investigate whether taking vitamin D supplements helps asthmatics by improving the breathing pattern. The study appeared online May 18 in JAMA.
It seems like vitamins are always in the news. Are vitamins good for us? Should we be taking vitamins? What’s the best way to take vitamins? These are likely questions you get asked by your clients who are wondering about the best vitamin softgels to formulate.
In this blog post, we will provide you with some information about vitamins and about who should be taking them. (This information can be useful to you when meeting with clients and when thinking about marketing their vitamin softgels.)
Who can benefit from taking vitamins?
The short and simple answer is: everyone. Regardless of how healthy your diet is, you’re likely going to be deficient in some key nutrients. This is not because you’re not eating enough fruits and vegetables, rather it’s because you likely aren’t absorbing all of the nutrients. This is normal – and in some cases depending on how we combine our foods we end up not being able to “access”the nutrients we need. For example, vitamin C helps people absorb iron better but caffeine makes it hard to absorb iron.
Athletes, the elderly, young children, and anyone with a health condition can benefit from taking vitamin softgels. Some medications make it difficult to absorb nutrients from food and other medications actually require you to supplement with additional vitamins and minerals. Athletes are training hard and stressing their bodies so they can benefit from vitamins that will help them recover from activity.
Are there key vitamins that everyone should take?
This is a tough question to answer but we can break this down into three groups of people and highlight the vitamins that these groups should be taking:
For people who are not outside much, vitamin D is important. Vitamin D is commonly known as the sunshine vitamin and it is vital in aiding in the absorption of calcium.
For vegans and elderly people, vitamin B12 is particularly important. We need B12 to make red blood cells and to support our brains. The primary source for B12 is from animal products.
Women who are pregnant or hoping to become pregnant should take Folic Acid. This vitamin is vital in prenatal development.
As you can see, vitamins really are necessary and everyone can in fact benefit from taking some vitamin softgels daily. We at Captek are experts in softgels and are the leaders in the production, quality control, research and development of softgels. We can work with you to develop custom formulations and we offer our softgels in a range of shapes, sizes, and colors.
The market for urinary health remedies for adults is fast growing. Among the latest is a combination of extracts from pumpkin seed and soy germ, noted with the ability to reduce the sense of urgency in women with overactive bladders. Urgency is one of the biggest inconvenience conditions, in practice, for people suffering from overactive bladder. In a research led by Bongseok Shim from Korea, 120 women aged between 35 and 70 and suffering from overactive bladder related voiding dysfunction were assigned to receive Frutarom’s Go-less or placebo for 2 weeks. Results were published in the Journal of Functional Foods.
FTC charges Florida company with capitalizing on the green coffee diet fad by using bogus weight loss claims and fake news websites to market the dietary supplement. According to complaints, this coffee bean extract was touted as a potent weight loss treatment that supposedly burns fat, and the sites featured footage from supposed consumer endorsements, and purported clinical proof that dieters could lose weight rapidly without changing their diet or exercise regimens. Consumers should carefully evaluate advertising claims for weight-loss products. The FTC charged the defendants with false and unsupported advertising claims, including:
Over the last five years, use of cinnamon in foods has grown and 32% of all new product launches with cinnamon in that period happened in 2013. The suggestions that cinnamon help consumers manage blood sugar levels drive demand among food businesses. While the topic on cinnamon to lower blood sugar is still on debate, recent research suggests that cinnamon may be helpful as a supplement to regular diabetes treatment. Priorities have been set to enhance production in cinnamon producer countries. But heavy rainfall in producer countries has affected supply, a leading ingredients company has warned.
Too much sugar can stress your heart, analysis confirmed. Sugars contribute to cardiovascular risk independent of the effect of sugars on body weight,” says Te Morenga. There did not appear to be any special metabolic effect of sugars making people more likely to gain weight on high-sugar diets compared with low sugar diets. But since sugar raises blood glucose and stimulates insulin production, findings support public health recommendations to reduce added sugar in diets as one of the measures which might be expected to reduce the global burden of cardiovascular diseases. Find study details below:
People today face a higher risk for stroke or heart attack. In a new study by Florida State University, published in the American Journal of Hypertension, watermelon extract may significantly reduce blood pressure in overweight individuals. Researchers tried to replicate cold weather situations, as more people die of heart attacks in cold weather, as cold temperatures raise blood pressure, forcing the heart to work harder. In the study, it turned out that watermelon is the richest natural source of L-citrulline — an amino acid that kick-starts your body’s production of a powerful artery-relaxing nitric oxide.
With consumers becoming more and savvier about the products they buy and consume, you need to be confident that you’re offering your customers the best possible product. By working with our team at Captek, you can have this confidence and more.
We’re backed by many years in softgel manufacturing, testing, production and research. This expertise applies of course to softgel vitamins and vitamins in general. With our extensive team of scientists, quality control staff, and researchers, we are constantly pushing our boundaries on what we can offer you.
When you’re researching your vitamin softgel options, remember that it is your customer who needs to be considered the most. We understand what your customers want:
Easy-to-swallow soft gels.
Softgels that do not leave a residual taste.
Odor-free vitamin softgels.
Tamper and heat-resistant softgels that can travel well.
Shelf-life that allows bulk purchasing
To further extend the quality of the softgel vitamin you provide your customers, it helps to provide custom colors, laser etching, a variety of shapes and sizes, and a vegetarian/vegan option. This is what we can do for you.
Along with our quality control and research expertise, we have a strong understanding of marketing and brand support. We work with retail, direct selling companies (MLM), Internet and other professional markets – so we understand clearly what it is that consumers want.
You need to stand out from your competitors and with a leading company such as ours producing, researching, developing, testing, and helping you to brand your product – your vitamin softgels manufacturing needs are covered. Learn more about Captek softgels by visiting our website.
Non-GMO food and supplement is the fastest growing sector in the entire natural products industry, with non-GMO product sales surpassing more than $3 billion. At the forefront of the labeling initiative is the non-GMO project. Leading industry figures have noted that going non-GMO may be substantially challenging than some dietary supplements may think. Most prominent companies are also starting on the work of incorporating non-GMO materials. However, reports said that almost all vitamin-C today is manufactured from corn, most of it GMO. So sourcing non-GMO material may be difficult.
As many aspects of food labeling and marketing are regulated by FDCA, Coca-Cola argues that a private company such as POM cannot accuse the company of any labeling woes. POM accused the beverage behemoth for falsely labeling and advertising Minute Maid’s “Pomegranate Blueberry” juice. Recall that POM was also in legal battle with the FTC for claiming pomegranate juice was clinically proven to reduce the risk of heart disease, prostate cancer, and erectile dysfunction. POM Wonderful and Coca-Cola have been in legal dispute for years over deceptive labeling. Now, the Supreme Court is getting involved.