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Are Your Nutraceuticals Properly Preserved?

When it's About Brand Management - Don’t Be Penny Foolish. Not All Desiccant Canisters Are Created Equal!

NutraceuticalsPharmaceutical drugs have been at the center of national discussions for some time now. Under great scrutiny, prescription medication is being blamed for addictions, autism, liver disease, cancer and much more. These growing concerns along with increased participation in physical fitness and health awareness has elevated consumer demand and ultimately a rise in the production of dietary supplements and alternative drug products.

A growing segment of the population are switching away from pharmaceuticals and looking at alternative treatment methods for their medicines and supplements such as nutraceuticals.


Nutraceuticals are a food or fortified food product that not only supplements the diet but also assists in treating or preventing disease. They provide medical benefits and are similar to pharmaceuticals but are not tested and regulated to the extent of pharmaceutical drugs.

Examples of nutraceuticals are natural foods, including antioxidants, dietary supplements, probiotics, fortified dairy products, citrus fruits, vitamins, vitamin drinks, raw honey, minerals, herbals, milk, and cereals. Herbal extracts in the forms of substances such as ginseng and garlic oil. Other types of these products are processed foods like soups, beverages, breads, and cereals that have vitamins or other supplements added to them. For example, you have cereals that have had folic acid or Vitamin B12 added to them, along with other supplements like iron, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and other B vitamins. There are also marine nutraceutical products such as omega -3, kelp and algae astaxanthin.


Packaging that protects a consumer’s investment and delivers the expected benefits is critical for success. Nutraceutical packaging companies are typically contracted by producers to help assist them with their flexible packaging, cartons and fulfillment requirements. With an ever-growing number of health supplement products reaching the shelves, packaging differentiation, damage-free delivery and increased shelf life has never been more vital to branding.


Very important components to a branding success are to provide physical and chemical stability of your drug product, medical device or dietary supplement. You may have the hottest looking packaging, eye catching graphics and the best formulations, but a consumer who opens their product and discovers it has become clumped, brittle or has a foul odor might just persuade him or her to ask for refund or seek another product all together. This is where the use of a sorbent or desiccant can help.

Desiccants  manage moisture. They're designed to preserve, prolong and protect nutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals along the distribution chain and maximize revenue. Desiccants also send signals to consumers that good manufacturing processes have been implemented and that you care about quality.

-BEWARE : NOT ALL SORBENTS ARE CREATED EQUALMultiform CSF® Advanced Compressed Desiccant Canisters

While nutraceuticals are not regulated, they're often viewed as having positive health benefits similiar to prescription medicine. Recognizing this, more nutraceutical factories are requiring the integration of sorbents. Unfortunately, some fulfillment centers don’t fully comprehend desiccants and if they're to be incorporated inside your packaging, many shop for the least expensive solution they can find. When it comes to branding, this isn’t the wisest practice.  Here are some topics that you should consider:

  1. What the the country or origin? Personally I have a problem purchasing a food or pharma product that implements the use of foreign made and printed desiccants, and I assume so do others. In my opinion, a desiccant is an extension of the brand and packaging and it can leave an impression. Sorry, but the use of a non-English or foreign made desiccant signals penny cheap and creates consumption concerns (see below).  
  2. Is the desiccant suitable for use in regulated food or pharma packaging? If you are going to incorporate a sorbent into food fortified supplements, why wouldn’t you require it to meet stringent FDA regulations? Is there a Type III Drug Master File (DMF) on file? How can you regulate or ensure that the desiccant substance is consistent and safe for human consumption? Avoid recalls-all it takes is for one to rupture or dust.
  3. Compare the quality and performance of the moisture adsorbing substances. Silica gel, activated carbon and respective blends are not created equal.
  4. What type of material is used for the packaging? If it's a canister, is it composed of two parts? While these desiccants may look dust-free or inseparable, a closer look can reveal porous materials, poor heat sealing or a design that could come apart all of which could allow toxic dust to penetrate through and onto internal contents.

Do you require a desiccant? Do you prefer an American  brand of desiccant? If you don’t, you should and if you are serious about your brand, be sure to review and compare all the specifications = not all desiccants perform the same.

Protect Your Brand & Keep Nutraceuticals in Pristine Condition 

These FDA Compliant, Pharmaceutical-Grade Solid Coated Silica Gel Desiccant Cylinders are Pennies Well Spent!

Made in the USA.

We have the perfect solution for nutraceutical producers and packaging companies alike - Multiform CSF® Coated Solid Form Sorbents! They're the newest solution for those seeking zero tolerance to dusting and the hottest tool in brand management. Unlike traditional canisters that are filled with loose desiccant, these slim one-piece cyclinders incorporate a unique compressed, solid-form design with pharmaceutical grade HPMC coating. Multiform CSF® compact desiccant canisters provide cost savings, space savings, equivalent or better capacity and adsorption rates over competing traditional canisters.

Multiform CSF® desiccant canisters control moisture and volatiles to provide the physical and chemical stability of your drug product or dietary supplement. Multiform CSF® advanced compressed canisters were manufactured after extensive research into the challenges facing pharmaceutical, in-vitro diagnostic and dietary supplement product manufacturers.

These compact phartmaceutical-grade coated solid silica gel cylinders are designed to provide a superior, non-separatable or one-piece design that delivers cost effective adsorption rates while fitting your packaging requirements.Multiform CSF® Advanced Compressed Desiccant Canisters

Multiform CSF® Canister : Specifications

The New Generation of Desiccant Canisters

Virtually Indestructible. Safe for Food & Pharma Contact!

Multiform CSF® canisters are supported by a Type III Drug Master File, use FDA approved 21 CFR-compliant materials, and are suitable for use in all regulated product packaging.  They are manufactured in the USA and boast two ISO Certifications.

  • ISO 9001:2015 Certification
  • FSSC 22000 Certification

An in-house quality control laboratory provides moisture and oxygen adsorption analysis of raw materials and finished goods.

Multiform CSF® canisters might not be the cheapest desiccants available but are considered the best, and they're made right here in the USA. Multiform CSF® canisters are available in a variety of sizes and can be run on all canister dispensers with no tooling changeover.  Protect your brand and produce along the distribution chain. Try these high-performing desiccant canisters to prolong and preserve your nutraceutical and pharmaceutical products today.

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