Sophisticated buyers of vitamin ingredients on the global market view ingredients from China as less likely to be trustworthy --for good reason. You have read about the melamine incidents, including new ones in January, 2010, adulterated heparin and tootpaste, and lead in toys for children. Sophisticated buyers don’t trust Chinese vitamins, BUT they want the lowest price, and that’s how you get Chinese ingredients in your multi-vitamin.
But can you really detect all the contamination or deliberate counterfeiting without knowing what to look for? History says “No”. It’s hard to detect all the contamination or deliberate counterfeiting. Why? Because most cutting edge testing still requires that you know what you are looking for. You cannot just tell the laboratory, “test for everything toxic or counterfeit.”
We thus believe that the only way to achieve an acceptable level of safety is to start at the origin with well-known trustworthy sources, and to be totally China◆Free™.
It's taken two years to get to where we can actually make that guarantee. Some vendors asked why we were asking about China. No other companies were. Some vendors wouldn't make promises, or vaguely said that they "right-source." Some companies made promises but were not judged trustworthy.
We also promise you this: if ever anything changes, and we cannot source an essential ingredient except from China, you know before you buy. We will disclose what we know, and what we don't know, about that ingredient.
But right now, we can truly make the guarantee: No Ingredients from China.
We wish we could source everything from the US. That is just not possible. Sadly, many vitamins just are not made here anymore.
So we are always careful buying our vitamin and mineral ingredients — when possible from all-US sources, and then from Canada, Western Europe and Japan — all highly developed countries with educated workers and high quality standards. See also our 100% Satisfaction - Money Back Guarantee.