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Conventional Sourcing

Conventional Souricng Methods

When you read the full ingredient list of a multi-vitamin, you see a long list of ingredients. Quite often, they come from almost as many original sources as there are ingredients. One thing is sure: not all of the ingredients originate in the US, and we believe it is just as sure that some of the ingredients came from China...even when the label says “Made in USA”.

As Ellen Rupert Schell noted in her 2009 book, “Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture”,

    Sellers of consumer goods of all kinds typically obscure the pedigree (source) of their products, making it difficult for consumers to know just what we are getting. Tracing the lead-painted Thomas the Train caboose to the Ohio-based RC2 Corporation, one would assume it was made in the American Midwest, not the Pearl River Delta (China)...even Mattel’s iconic American Girl Doll is made in China...”

We WANT to trust the drugs and over-the-counter medicines and vitamins you buy. In fact, we NEED to be able to trust them. But can we?

Every multivitamin is a group of ingredients sourced from around the world. Our sources are the US, Canada, Western Europe and Japan. Not China.

Just look at the headlines about Chinese product quality problems

  • China Orders New Oversight of Heparin, With Tainted Batches Tied to U.S. Deaths, March 22, 2008
  • Heparin Find May Point to Chinese Counterfeiting NY Times, March 20, 2008
  • China Executes 2 for Role in Tainted Milk Scandal“...More than 300,000 children were also sickened after consuming milk products contaminated with the industrial chemical melamine....” NY Times November 24, 2009
  • Melamine Pet Food Recall of 2007 FDA.gov November 28, 2009
  • Chinese Drywall Linked to Corrosion NY Times , November 23, 2009
  • From China to Panama, a Trail of Poisoned Medicine NY Times, May 6, 2007
    (2007 Incident where toxic diethylene glycol was substituted for glycerine in toothpaste.)
  • F.D.A. Tracked Poisoned Drugs, but Trail Went Cold in China NY Times June 17, 2007
    (1996 Incident where toxic diethylene glycol was substituted for glycerine in bottles of fever medicine in Haiti.)
  • A Toxic Pipeline: Coverage by Walt Bogdanich and Jake Hooker

    Stories in this Pulitzer Prize-winning series have examined how dangerous and poisonous pharmaceutical ingredients from China have flowed into the global market. Reporting on four continents, Walt Bogdanich and Jake Hooker traced the illicit ingredients through traders and middlemen that formed a supply chain stretching from small factories in rural China to consumers around the world. The stories detailed the devastating, sometime deadly, human cost of this toxic pipeline.

Many vitamins are made in China. Yet some multivitamin labels still say “Made in USA”. We believe most of these multi’s were perhaps “blended” or made into a tablet in the US, but many, or even most, of their ingredients come from China. Unfortunately, there is no exact legal definition of “Made in USA” for vitamins.

China makes so much of the worlds vitamin supply that it was very hard to find the non-Chinese sources we use for Opurity®.

As a side note, pharmaceutical companies face some level of regulation from the Chinese food and drug agency. However, chemical companies can make pharmaceuticals, and they operate, by law, outside the jurisdiction of that food and drug agency. “Pharmaceutical ingredients exported from China are often made by chemical companies that are neither certified nor inspected by Chinese drug regulators, The New York Times has found.” NY Times, October 31, 2007.