- PRODUCT AVAILABILITY DISCLAIMER
- TERMS OF SERVICE
- KENT NUTRITION GROUP, INC. ONLINE PRIVACY STATEMENT
- DISCLOSURE PURSUANT TO CALIFORNIA TRANSPARENCY IN SUPPLY CHAINS ACT OF 2010
PRODUCT AVAILABILITY DISCLAIMER
The availability of certain products shown on this site may be limited and may not always be available for immediate delivery. In addition, some products may not be available in all geographic areas. We also reserve the right to limit quantities.
TERMS OF SERVICE
1. Your Acceptance
A. These terms of service (“Terms of Service”) are a binding legal agreement between you and Kent Nutrition Group, Inc., regarding your use of the BlueSeal.com website and any products or services available from the websites (collectively, the “Websites”). Please read these Terms of Service carefully. By accessing or using the Websites, you signify your agreement to these Terms of Service. If you do not agree to any of these terms, please do not use the Websites.
B. Although we may attempt to notify you when major changes are made to these Terms of Service, you should periodically review the most up-to-date version of the Terms of Service. Kent Nutrition Group, Inc., in its sole discretion, may modify or revise these Terms of Service and policies at any time, and you agree to be bound by such modifications or revisions. Nothing in this Agreement shall be deemed to confer any third-party rights or benefits.
2. The Websites
A. These Terms of Service apply to all users of the Websites, including users who are also contributors of picture content, information, and other materials or services on the Websites.
B. The Websites may contain links to third party websites that are not owned or controlled by Kent Nutrition Group, Inc. Kent Nutrition Group, Inc. has no control over and assumes no responsibility for the content, privacy policies or practices of any third-party websites. In addition, Kent Nutrition Group, Inc. will not and cannot censor or edit the content of any third-party site. By using the Websites, you expressly relieve Kent Nutrition Group, Inc. from any and all liability arising from your use of any third-party website.
3. General Use of the Websites – Permissions and Restrictions
Kent Nutrition Group, Inc. hereby grants you revocable, non-transferable and non-exclusive permission to access and use the Websites as set forth in these Terms of Service, provided that:
A. You agree not to distribute in any medium any part of the Websites, including but not limited to Content and User Submissions (each as defined below), without Kent Nutrition Group, Inc.’s prior written authorization.
B. You agree not to alter or modify any part of the Websites, including but not limited to Kent Nutrition Group, Inc.’s technologies.
C. You agree not to access User Submissions (defined below) or Content through any technology or means other than any explicitly authorized means designated by Kent Nutrition Group, Inc.
D. You agree not to use the Websites for any commercial use, without the prior written authorization of Kent Nutrition Group, Inc. Prohibited commercial uses include, without limitation, any of the following actions taken without Kent Nutrition Group, Inc.’s express approval:
Sale of access to the Websites or Content or services on another website;
Use of the Websites or Content or services for the purpose of gaining advertising or subscription revenue;
The sale of advertising, on the Websites or any third-party website, targeted to the content of specific User Submissions or the Websites’ Content; and
Any use of the Websites or its Content or services that Kent Nutrition Group, Inc. finds, in its sole discretion, to use its resources or User Submissions with the effect of competing with or displacing the market for the Websites, its Content, or its User Submissions.
E. You agree not to use or launch any automated system, including without limitation, “robots,” “spiders” or “offline readers,” that accesses the Websites in a manner that sends more request messages to the Kent Nutrition Group, Inc. servers in a given period of time than a human can reasonably produce in the same period by using a conventional on-line web browser. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Kent Nutrition Group, Inc. grants the operators of public search engines permission to use spiders to copy materials from the Websites for the sole purpose of and solely to the extent necessary for creating publicly available searchable indices of the materials, but not caches or archives of such materials. Kent Nutrition Group, Inc. reserves the right to revoke these exceptions either generally or in specific cases. You agree not to collect or harvest any personally identifiable information from the Websites, nor to use the communication systems provided by the Websites for any commercial solicitation purposes. You agree not to solicit, for commercial purposes, any users of the Websites with respect to their User Submissions.
F. You will otherwise comply with the terms and conditions of these Terms of Service and all applicable local, national, and international laws and regulations.
G. Kent Nutrition Group, Inc. reserves the right to discontinue any aspect of the Websites at any time.
4. Your Use of Content on the Website
In addition to the general restrictions above, the following restrictions and conditions apply specifically to your use of Content on the Websites.
A. The content on the Websites, except all User Submissions, including without limitation, the text, software, scripts, graphics, photos, sounds, music, pictures, interactive features and the like (“Content”) and the trademarks, service marks and logos contained therein (“Marks”), are owned by or licensed to Kent Nutrition Group, Inc., subject to copyright and other intellectual property rights under the law.
B. User Submissions (as defined below) are made available to you for your information and personal use solely as intended through the normal functionality of the Websites. User Submissions are made available “as is,” and may not be used, copied, reproduced, distributed, transmitted, broadcast, displayed, sold, licensed, downloaded, or otherwise exploited in any manner not intended by the normal functionality of the Website or otherwise as expressly authorized under this Agreement.
C. You may access Content, User Submissions and other content only as permitted under this Agreement. Kent Nutrition Group, Inc. reserves all rights not expressly granted in and to the Content and the Websites.
D. You agree to not engage in the use, copying, reproduction, transmission, broadcast, selling, licensing, downloading or otherwise exploiting any of the Content other than expressly permitted herein, including any use, copying, or distribution of User Submissions of third parties obtained through the Websites for any commercial purposes.
E. You agree not to circumvent, disable or otherwise interfere with security-related features of the Websites or features that prevent or restrict use or copying of any Content or enforce limitations on use of the Websites or the Content therein.
F. You understand that when using the Websites, you will be exposed to User Submissions from a variety of sources, and that Kent Nutrition Group, Inc. is not responsible for the accuracy, usefulness, safety, or intellectual property rights of or relating to such User Submissions. You further understand and acknowledge that you may be exposed to User Submissions that are inaccurate, offensive, indecent, or objectionable, and you agree to waive, and hereby do waive, any legal or equitable rights or remedies you have or may have against Kent Nutrition Group, Inc. with respect thereto, and agree to indemnify and hold Kent Nutrition Group, Inc., its owners, operators, affiliates, and/or licensors, harmless to the fullest extent allowed by law regarding all matters related to your use of the Websites.
5. User Submissions and Conduct
A. By submitting content (including but not limited to any text, photographs, images, and audiovisual works) to Kent Nutrition Group, Inc. through the Websites or otherwise, (collectively, “User Submissions”), you warrant that such User Submissions do not infringe or violate any law or right of any other party, including copyright, trademark, trade secret, or otherwise subject to third party proprietary rights, including privacy and publicity rights.
B. You shall be solely responsible for your own User Submissions and the consequences of posting or publishing them. In connection with User Submissions, you affirm, represent, and/or warrant that: you own or have all the necessary licenses, rights, consents, and permissions to use and authorize Kent Nutrition Group, Inc. to use all patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other intellectual property or proprietary rights in and to any and all User Submissions to enable inclusion and use of the User Submissions in the manner contemplated by the Websites and these Terms of Service.
C. For clarity, you retain all of your ownership rights in your User Submissions. However, by submitting User Submissions to Kent Nutrition Group, Inc., you hereby grant Kent Nutrition Group, Inc. a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable and transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display, and perform the User Submissions, including without limitation for promoting and redistributing part or all of the Websites (and derivative works thereof) in any media formats and through any media channels. You also hereby grant each user of the Website a non-exclusive license to access your User Submissions through the Websites, and to use, reproduce, distribute, display and perform such User Submissions as permitted through the functionality of the Websites and under these Terms of Service.
D. You agree that your conduct on the Website will comport with this Terms of Service, each of which may be updated from time to time.
E. Kent Nutrition Group, Inc. does not endorse any User Submission or any opinion, recommendation, or advice expressed therein, and Kent Nutrition Group, Inc. expressly disclaims any and all liability in connection with User Submissions. Kent Nutrition Group, Inc. reserves the right to remove Content and User Submissions without prior notice for any reason whatsoever.
F. If you provide feedback to us regarding the Websites, Content, or User Submissions (“Feedback”), you authorize us to use that Feedback without restriction and without payment to you. Accordingly, you hereby grant to us perpetual and irrevocable license to use the Feedback for any purpose.
6. Termination Policy
A. You may terminate your use of the Website at any time. Kent Nutrition Group, Inc. may suspend or terminate your access to the Websites or terminate these Terms of Service, at any time, for any reason. If Kent Nutrition Group, Inc. suspects that you have violated any provision of these Terms of Service, Kent Nutrition Group, Inc. may also seek any other available legal remedy. Your rights under these Terms of Service will terminate automatically if you breach any part of these Terms of Service. You remain solely liable for all obligations related to use of the Websites, even after you have stopped using the Websites.
B. Kent Nutrition Group, Inc. reserves the right to decide whether Content or a User Submission is appropriate and complies with these Terms of Service for violations other than copyright infringement and violations of intellectual property law, such as, but not limited to, obscene or defamatory material. Kent Nutrition Group, Inc. may remove such User Submissions and/or terminate a User’s access for uploading such material in violation of these Terms of Service at any time, without prior notice and at its sole discretion.
7. Copyright Complaints
A. Kent Nutrition Group, Inc. respects the intellectual property of others. It is Kent Nutrition Group, Inc.’s policy to respond expeditiously to claims of copyright and other intellectual property infringement. Kent Nutrition Group, Inc. will promptly process and investigate notices of alleged infringement and will take appropriate actions under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) and other applicable intellectual property laws. Upon receipt of notices complying or substantially complying with the DMCA, Kent Nutrition Group, Inc. may act expeditiously to remove or disable access to any material claimed to be infringing or claimed to be the subject of infringing activity and may act expeditiously to remove or disable access to any reference or link to material or activity that is claimed to be infringing. Kent Nutrition Group, Inc. will terminate access for subscribers and account holders who are repeat infringers.
B. Notifying Kent Nutrition Group, Inc. of Copyright Infringement: To provide Kent Nutrition Group, Inc. notice of an infringement, you must provide a written communication to the attention of “DMCA Infringement Notification Dept.” care of [email protected] that sets forth the information specified by the DMCA (http://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap5.html#512). Please note that you may be liable for damages (including costs and attorneys’ fees) if you materially misrepresent that an activity is infringing your copyright.
C. Providing Kent Nutrition Group, Inc. with Counter-Notification: If we remove or disable access to content in response to an infringement notice, we will make reasonable attempts to contact the owner or administrator of the affected site or content. If you feel that your material does not constitute infringement, you may provide Kent Nutrition Group, Inc. with a counter notification by written communication to the attention of “DMCA Counter Notification Dept.” at [email protected] that sets forth all of the necessary information required by the DMCA (http://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap5.html#512). Please note that you may be liable for damages (including costs and attorneys’ fees) if you materially misrepresent that an activity is not infringing the copyrights of others. If you are uncertain whether an activity constitutes infringement, we recommended seeking advice of an attorney. You acknowledge that if you fail to comply with all of the requirements your DMCA notice may not be valid.
Kent Nutrition Group, Inc.’s designated Copyright Agent to receive notifications of claimed infringement is:
Kent Nutrition Group, Inc.
Attention: Vice President, Marketing
PO Box 749
Muscatine, IA 52761
Kent Nutrition Group, Inc. will terminate the access privileges of any user who repeatedly infringes the copyright rights of others.
8. Warranty Disclaimer
YOU AGREE THAT YOUR USE OF THE WEBSITES SHALL BE AT YOUR SOLE RISK. THE WEBSITE, CONTENT, AND USER SUBMISSIONS ARE PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, KENT NUTRITION GROUP, INC., ITS MANAGERS, MEMBERS, EMPLOYEES, LICENSORS, SUPPLIERS, AND AGENTS DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, IN CONNECTION WITH THE WEBSITES AND YOUR USE THEREOF. KENT NUTRITION GROUP, INC. MAKES NO WARRANTIES OR REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT THE ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF THE WEBSITES’ CONTENT OR THE CONTENT OF ANY SITES LINKED TO THESE WEBSITES AND ASSUMES NO LIABILITY OR RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY (I) ERRORS, MISTAKES, OR INACCURACIES OF CONTENT, (II) PERSONAL INJURY OR PROPERTY DAMAGE, OF ANY NATURE WHATSOEVER, RESULTING FROM YOUR ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE WEBSITES, (III) ANY UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR USE OF OUR SECURE SERVERS AND/OR ANY AND ALL PERSONAL INFORMATION AND/OR FINANCIAL INFORMATION STORED THEREIN, (IV) ANY INTERRUPTION OR CESSATION OF TRANSMISSION TO OR FROM THE WEBSITES, (IV) ANY BUGS, VIRUSES, TROJAN HORSES, OR THE LIKE WHICH MAY BE TRANSMITTED TO OR THROUGH OUR WEBSITES BY ANY THIRD PARTY, AND/OR (V) ANY ERRORS OR OMISSIONS IN ANY CONTENT OR FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE OF ANY KIND INCURRED AS A RESULT OF THE USE OF ANY CONTENT POSTED, EMAILED, TRANSMITTED, OR OTHERWISE MADE AVAILABLE VIA THE WEBSITES. KENT NUTRITION GROUP, INC. DOES NOT WARRANT, ENDORSE, GUARANTEE, OR ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY PRODUCT OR SERVICE ADVERTISED OR OFFERED BY A THIRD PARTY THROUGH T ANY HYPERLINKED WEBSITE OR FEATURED IN ANY BANNER OR OTHER ADVERTISING, AND KENT NUTRITION GROUP, INC. WILL NOT BE A PARTY TO OR IN ANY WAY BE RESPONSIBLE FOR MONITORING ANY TRANSACTION BETWEEN YOU AND THIRD-PARTY PROVIDERS OF PRODUCTS OR SERVICES. AS WITH THE PURCHASE OF A PRODUCT OR SERVICE THROUGH ANY MEDIUM OR IN ANY ENVIRONMENT, YOU SHOULD USE YOUR BEST JUDGMENT AND EXERCISE CAUTION WHERE APPROPRIATE.
9. Limitation of Liability
IN NO EVENT SHALL KENT NUTRITION GROUP, INC., ITS MANAGERS, MEMBERS, EMPLOYEES, LICENSORS, SUPPLIERS, OR AGENTS, BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES WHATSOEVER RESULTING FROM YOUR ACCESS OR USE OF THE WEBSITES, CONTENT, OR USER SUBMISSIONS. BECAUSE SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
THE MAXIMUM TOTAL LIABILITY OF KENT NUTRITION GROUP, INC., ITS MANAGERS, MEMBERS, EMPLOYEES, LICENSORS, SUPPLIERS, OR AGENTS TO YOU FOR ANY CLAIM UNDER THESE TERMS OF SERVICE, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT, OR OTHERWISE, IS $25. EACH PROVISION OF THIS AGREEMENT THAT PROVIDES FOR A LIMITATION OF LIABILITY, DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES, OR EXCLUSION OF DAMAGES IS TO ALLOCATE THE RISKS UNDER THIS AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE PARTIES. THIS ALLOCATION IS AN ESSENTIAL ELEMENT OF THE BASIS OF THE BARGAIN BETWEEN THE PARTIES. EACH OF THESE PROVISIONS IS SEVERABLE AND INDEPENDENT OF ALL OTHER PROVISIONS OF THIS AGREEMENT. THE LIMITATIONS IN THIS SECTION 9 WILL APPLY EVEN IF ANY LIMITED REMEDY FAILS OF ITS ESSENTIAL PURPOSE.
The Websites are controlled and offered by Kent Nutrition Group, Inc. from its facilities in the United States of America. Kent Nutrition Group, Inc. makes no representations that the Websites are appropriate or available for use in other locations. Those who access or use the Websites from other jurisdictions do so at their own volition and are responsible for compliance with local law.
You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless Kent Nutrition Group, Inc., its managers, members, employees and agents, from and against any and all claims, damages, obligations, losses, liabilities, costs or debt, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees) arising from: (i) your use of and access to the Websites; (ii) your violation of any term of these Terms of Service; (iii) your violation of any third party rights, including without limitation any copyright, property, or privacy right; or (iv) any claim that one of your User Submissions caused damage to a third party. This defense and indemnification obligation will survive these Terms of Service and your use of the Websites.
12. Ability to Accept Terms of Service
You affirm that you are at least18 years of age, or an emancipated minor, or possess legal parental or guardian consent and are fully able and competent to enter into the terms, conditions, obligations, affirmations, representations, and warranties set forth in these Terms of Service, and to abide by and comply with these Terms of Service.
These Terms of Service, and any rights and licenses granted hereunder, may not be transferred or assigned by you, but may be assigned by Kent Nutrition Group, Inc. without restriction.
By using the Websites, you consent to receiving electronic communications from Kent Nutrition Group, Inc. These communications will include notices about your account and information concerning or related to the Websites. You agree that any notice, agreements, disclosure or other communications that we send to you electronically will satisfy any legal communication requirements, including that such communications be in writing. These Terms of Service shall be governed by the internal substantive laws of the State of Iowa, without respect to its conflict of laws principles. Any claim or dispute between you and Kent Nutrition Group, Inc. that arises in whole or in part from the Websites shall be settled exclusively by binding arbitration in accordance with the commercial arbitration rules of the American Arbitration Association. Any such controversy or claim will be arbitrated on an individual basis, and will not be consolidated in any arbitration with any claim or controversy of any other party. The arbitration will be conducted in Muscatine, Iowa, and judgment on the arbitration award may be entered into any court of competent jurisdiction. The award of the arbitrator will be final and binding upon the parties without appeal or review except as permitted by Iowa law. Either party may seek any interim or preliminary injunctive relief from any court of competent jurisdiction, as necessary to protect the party’s rights or property pending the completion of arbitration. These Terms of Service, together with any other legal notices published by Kent Nutrition Group, Inc. on the Websites, shall constitute the entire agreement between you and Kent Nutrition Group, Inc. concerning the Websites. If any provision of these Terms of Service is deemed invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, the invalidity of such provision shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions of these Terms of Service, which shall remain in full force and effect. No waiver of any term of this these Terms of Service shall be deemed a further or continuing waiver of such term or any other term, and Kent Nutrition Group, Inc.’s failure to assert any right or provision under these Terms of Service shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. Kent Nutrition Group, Inc. reserves the right to amend these Terms of Service at any time and without notice, and it is your responsibility to review these Terms of Service for any changes. Your use of the Websites following any amendment of these Terms of Service will signify your assent to and acceptance of its revised terms. YOU AND Kent Nutrition Group, Inc. AGREE THAT ANY CAUSE OF ACTION ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO THE WEBSITES MUST COMMENCE WITHIN ONE (1) YEAR AFTER THE CAUSE OF ACTION ACCRUES. OTHERWISE, SUCH CAUSE OF ACTION IS PERMANENTLY BARRED.
15. Contacting Kent Nutrition Group, Inc.
If you have any questions or concerns about these Terms of Service or the Websites, please contact us at [email protected].
KENT NUTRITION GROUP, INC. ONLINE PRIVACY STATEMENT
Sites Covered by this Privacy Statement
This Privacy Statement applies to all websites and domains owned by Kent Nutrition Group, Inc. (KNG), and its wholly owned subsidiaries.
Links to non-KNG Websites
Types of Information We Collect
This Privacy Statement covers personal information, non-personal data collection, and aggregate reporting.
* Personal information is information that is associated with your name or personal identity. KNG uses personal information to better understand your needs and interests and to provide you with better service. Once you choose to provide us with personal information, you can be assured it will be used only to support your customer relationship with KNG. We take seriously the trust you place in us. KNG will not sell, rent, or lease your personal information to others.
On some KNG websites, you can order products or services, request information, subscribe to marketing or support materials, register yourself, or apply for a job at KNG. The types of personal information you provide to us on these pages may include name, address, phone number, e-mail address, user IDs and passwords, billing and transaction information, credit card information, contact preferences, educational and employment background, and job interest data.
To personalize our websites, services, or communications and improve our products and services, we may also ask you to provide us with information regarding your personal or professional interests, demographics, and experiences with our products or services. Providing this additional information is optional.
* Non-personal information is data about usage and service operation that is not associated with a specific personal identity. KNG collects and analyzes non-personal information to evaluate how visitors use the KNG websites.
Non-personal data we collect may include the pages visited on the KNG websites, unique URLs visited within bluesealstores.com, browser type and IP2 address.
KNG is committed to protecting the privacy needs of children and we encourage parents and guardians to take an active role in their children’s online activities and interests. KNG does not knowingly collect information from children under the age of 13 and KNG does not target its websites to children under 13.
How We Use Your Information
KNG uses your personal information to provide you with services and to help us better understand your needs and interests. Specifically, we use your information to help you complete a transaction or order, to communicate with you, to provide service and support, to update you on services and benefits, to personalize promotional offers, and to personalize some KNG websites. Occasionally we may also use your information to contact you for market research regarding KNG products or services. If provided, credit card information is used only for payment processing and fraud prevention. Sensitive personal information is collected only to facilitate our financial service providers’ credit decisions and will be shared with them only with your permission. Credit card information and sensitive personal data are not used for any other purpose by our financial services providers or KNG and will not be kept longer than necessary for providing the services.
In order to offer you a more consistent and personalized experience in your interactions with KNG, information collected through one KNG service may be combined with information obtained through other KNG services.
Non-personal data is aggregated for reporting about KNG website usability, performance and effectiveness. It is used to improve the customer experience, usability, and site content.
Who We Share Your Information With
KNG will not sell, rent or lease your personal information to others. KNG will not share your personal information with third parties. KNG shares customer information across KNG-owned business entities, but only as described above in “How we use your information.”
KNG contracts with third-party service providers and suppliers to deliver complete products, services and customer solutions described in “How we use your information.” Suppliers and service providers are required to keep confidential the information received on behalf of KNG and may not use it for any purpose other than to carry out the services they are performing for KNG.
KNG will not share personal information with any other third parties without your permission, unless to: (i) respond to duly authorized information requests of governmental authorities; (ii) comply with any law, regulation, subpoena, or court order, (iii) help prevent fraud or to enforce or protect the rights and properties of KNG or its subsidiaries; or (iv) to protect the personal safety of KNG employees and third parties on KNG property.
KNG gives you the choice of receiving a variety of information that complements our products and services. You can subscribe to receive certain product- and service-specific information and KNG-wide marketing communications. KNG-wide communications may include new product information, special offers, or an invitation to participate in market research.
Access To and Accuracy of Your Information
KNG strives to keep your personal information accurate. We have implemented technology, management processes and policies to maintain customer data accuracy. We will provide you with access to your information, including making reasonable effort to provide you with online access and the opportunity to change your information. To protect your privacy and security, we will also take reasonable steps to verify your identity, such as a password and user ID, before granting access to your data. Certain areas of KNG’s websites may limit access to specific individuals through the use of passwords and other personal identifiers.
Keeping Your Information Secure
KNG is committed to protecting the information you provide us. To prevent unauthorized access or disclosure, to maintain data accuracy, and to ensure the appropriate use of the information, KNG has in place appropriate physical and managerial procedures to safeguard the information we collect.
Changes To This Statement
If there are updates to the terms of KNG’s Online Privacy Statement, we will post those changes and update the revision date in this document, so you will always know what information we collect online, how we use it, and what choices you have. For material changes to this Statement, KNG will provide notification to affected customers.
Kent Nutrition Group, Inc.
PO Box 749
Muscatine, IA 52761
DISCLOSURE PURSUANT TO CALIFORNIA TRANSPARENCY IN SUPPLY CHAINS ACT OF 2010
As specified in the Company’s Guidelines on Business Conduct, Kent Nutrition Group, Inc. (KNG) and its parent company, Kent Corporation, is committed to conducting business with the highest standards of morality, fairness, and integrity and to adhere with the laws of the jurisdictions in which our business takes place. In these Guidelines, the Company expressly states that it does not accept or support the use of illegal, forced, or child labor within its operations anywhere in the world and shall not knowingly purchase supplies from suppliers who engage in slavery or human trafficking. KNG requires all of its employees to comply the Guidelines.
As a practical matter, Kent Nutrition Group, Inc. is an Iowa, USA business that manufactures its products in the United States, where its manufacturing plants are subject to U.S. and state laws and regulations regarding, among other things, forced labor and human trafficking. KNG’s supplier base is also predominantly U.S.-based. The main ingredients in our products are U.S.-grown commodities, which is our largest purchase by far. These commodities are produced by U.S. farmers who are also subject to U.S. and individual state laws regarding forced labor and human trafficking.
KNG has a dedicated purchasing department that ensures the Company works with reputable suppliers. Our purchasing team is responsible for verifying the quality of the supplies we buy as well as the integrity of the suppliers which provide them. KNG holds such suppliers to the highest industry standards, which enables us to produce quality, consistent products in turn for our customers. At a minimum, all KNG suppliers are expressly required to comply generally with all laws applicable to the production of the products they supply to KNG.
With specific regard to the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010, KNG states it has sought certification from some key, non-farmer suppliers that the materials provided to KNG comply with the laws regarding slavery and human trafficking of the country or countries in which the supplier is doing business. Otherwise, in light of the realities of where KNG sources the vast majority of its supplies, KNG does not currently (1) engage in verification of product supply chains to evaluate and address risks of human trafficking and slavery; (2) conduct audits of suppliers to evaluate supplier compliance with laws for trafficking and slavery in supply chains; (3) require all direct suppliers to certify that materials incorporated into their products comply with the laws regarding slavery and human trafficking of the country or countries in which they are doing business; (4) maintain internal accountability standards and procedures for employees or contractors failing to meeting standards regarding slavery and human trafficking; or (5) provide employees and management who have direct responsibility for supply chain management training on human trafficking and slavery. KNG will continue to review its supply chain management practices and take those steps we deem appropriate to make sure we can continue to produce superior products for our valued customers.