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Tainted Chinese Food Ingredients First Discovered in 2005
Date:8/20/2007

scription and over-the-counter medicines, dietary supplements, and other healthcare products manufactured and sold in over 130 countries, including the United States. "They audited and evaluated TSI's materials to certify them in their program," said Roper. "This gave us the assurance that TSI ingredients were not contaminated and met US requirements." Roper also visited the TSI China facility and continues to do so to further ensure quality manufacturing.

"A recent recall of shark cartilage capsules at the retail level in the US found salmonella contamination," says Roper. "The manufacturer was probably buying material from a Chinese supplier who didn't test for salmonella. TSI tests for salmonella and provides Pharmavite with proper certification," added Roper. "We know we selected the right supplier for our products."

"Regrettably, companies within the US supplement market were not willing to move up the supply chain when the unhealthy manufacturing realities of many Chinese companies was first revealed," stated Kolb. "TSI has remained steadfast to its commitment to providing safe ingredients to the marketplace and accepted the challenge to do things right," says Kolb. Since 2005, the issues surrounding low quality products produced in China persist as a reflection of the recent melamine crisis involving pet food.

According to Loren Israelsen, executive director of the United Natural Products Alliance, a trade organization representing many of the world's leading dietary supplement companies, the questions about Chinese products are probably the most important issues facing the supplement industry today. China is such a significant supplier of raw materials, partially finished and finished products to the US supplement industry. "But the uncertainty of quality materials is actually a global concern," says Israelsen.

"There are many world-class, ethical companies in China such as TSI, as well as in other countries; it's just there are more
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