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At Opurity vitamins, Trust is the First Ingredient®

If you cannot trust your vitamin maker, what have you got?

Where do your vitamins come from, and why does it matter?

OPURITY® Vitamins (from UNJURY® Protein) believes vitamin ingredients made in China represent a risk to your health, because Chinese supplements and medicine providers have a long documented history of cheating and adulteration.

Why do all other multivitamin brands use ingredients from China? We believe they do because Chinese ingredients are less expensive -- less expensive to the company, not necessarily less expensive to you.

China-made ingredients are cheaper, but there are too many examples of Chinese companies that have repeatedly proven their willingness to cheat in any way that saves money. For example, they have substituted melamine in infant formula which killed infants. Melamine has also resulted in the death of pets when it was added to pet food. This flow of adulterated and contaminated ingredients from China is described in a Pulitzer Prize-winning series of articles in The New York Times titled “A Toxic Pipeline”.

China-made ingredients are cheaper, but there are too many examples of Chinese companies that have repeatedly proven their willingness to cheat in any way that saves money. For example, they have substituted melamine in infant formula which killed infants. Melamine has also resulted in the death of pets when it was added to pet food. This flow of adulterated and contaminated ingredients from China is described in a Pulitzer Prize-winning series of articles in The New York Times titled “A Toxic Pipeline”.

If those Chinese companies were willing to sacrifice the lives of infants and pets to save money, would they hesitate to sacrifice your health to save money on ingredients?


  • This flow of adulterated and contaminated ingredients from China is described in a Pulitzer Prize-winning series of articles in The New York Times titled “A Toxic Pipeline”.


Some companies will tell you their multi-vitamin is “made in the USA” because the tablets are compressed and bottled here, even though they use ingredients from China. We don’t think that even comes close to the spirit of “Made in the USA”.

At Opurity we take quality much more seriously. We dig deeper into quality and where ingredients are from, and we track as far as possible where the ingredients and raw materials are made. We use the highest quality most trustworthy sources to avoid Chinese ingredients. That is why only Opurity® Vitamins say ChinaFree™.

As a result, we often pay more for more trustworthy ingredients, sometimes as much as 8 times more for an ingredient, but we don’t charge you more than other brands. We are committed to having the highest quality products – products that are better for you. That’s why we are here.

The Truth About Sourcing

How can they say "Made in USA"?

We can find no legally-binding definition of "Made in USA" -- or what the requirements are for a vitamin to meet that definition. Nevertheless, we believe that calling a multi-vitamin "Made in USA" when important nutrients and ingredients are from China is misleading, in fact, offensively misleading. To learn more about the vitamin business, and where they are made, click on Where Vitamins Really Come From?


We wanted, for our own health and safety, to take a multi-vitamin with no ingredients from China. As we began to investigate, we became more and more concerned. First, we believe all standard multi-vitamins sold in the US use some vitamins, some ingredients, from China. Worse, we became deeply concerned about the quality and contamination risks of those ingredients.

China makes approximately 90% of the ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) in the world. Vitamin C from China is far cheaper than from non-Chinese sources. When you connect those two dots, you can pretty safely bet the Vitamin C you are taking is from China.

China has a dominant, and growing share of worldwide production of other vitamins as well.

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.

Where Vitamins Really Come From

People might think that companies make their own products, or that at least they are made in the US. All too often that is no longer true. Eight million shipping containers arrive at the Port of Los Angeles alone, most of them from China.

A high – and growing – percentage of the vitamins made in the world are made in China. A full 90% of the world’s Vitamin C is made in China.

Vitamins made in China are not generally made by the Chinese division of an American Company. Rather, they are made by a Chinese company. The American company is buying critical ingredients from entirely independent Chinese companies, with all of the risks that entails.


While Chinese manufacturers don’t always place a high priority on quality, they clearly understand the value of making their American buyers dependent on them. Sometimes the American company gets so dependent on the Chinese companies that make their products, that the American company is afraid to complain too much about quality problems! In "Poorly Made in China," Paul Midler notes that "Chinese manufacturers had caused the (Mattel) great (reputation) damage by delivering toys that were contaminated with lead paint." Yet following a major recall by Mattel, Mattel executives (subsequently) went to Beijing "issuing an apology to the Chinese government for the damage they had caused the industry."

Is your vitamin company afraid to complain to the Chinese vitamin manufacturer when quality slips?

The Dangers Explained

How Bad is it that My Multi-Vitamin ingredients are from China?

It depends on what health risks you are willing to take. And on how much you know about how Chinese manufacturing usually operates. And how important it is to save 19 cents a day -- because you don't have to use the cheap from-China ingredients multi-vitamin. You can use opurity®.


Author Ellen Rupert Shell, in her 2009 book, "Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture" writes:

Substandard and fake goods are so common in China that the Chinese have an expression, heixin (pronounced hey-sin), to describe those who make, sell or profit from them. Heixin roughly translates as "black heart".

We believe the primary objective of most Chinese manufacturing operations is keeping price low, not keeping quality high. In the recent book, "Poorly Made in China," Paul Midler uses the term "quality fade." "This is the deliberate and secret habit of widening profit margins through a reduction in the quality of materials. Importers usually never notice what's happening; downward changes are subtle but progressive. The initial production sample is fine, but with each successive production run, a bit more of the necessary inputs are missing."

To Learn more, visit China Quality Problems in the News.

China Quality Problems In The News

How do you feel about the Chinese melamine scandal that killed six Chinese infants, and sickened over 300,000 according to news reports? How do you feel about the Chinese melamine that killed and sickened pets in the US?


Does it bother you that the melamine problems are continuing, even into early 2010?


How do you feel about counterfeit Heparin (a medical blood thinner) linked to 19 deaths in the United States in 2008? The NY Times reported that the counterfeit ingredient was a form of chondroitin sulfate …that… “mimics heparin when altered to form what is called oversulfated chondroitin sulfate”. The article said US authorities “left little doubt” that the contamination was deliberate rather than accidental.


While the heparin was provided to hospitals in the US by a large, US-based company whose website describes it as “A leader in health care for more than 75 years “, the source of what they were selling was “crude heparin” from China. The Times article states that Chinese companies gather crude heparin from “unregulated family… workshops” that make it from pig intestines.


How do you feel about the interiors of homes in the U.S. crumbling due to Chinese Drywall?


How do you feel about this series of Pulitzer Prize winning articles?


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.

Are those examples just the tip of the iceberg? In a 2007 NY Times article about exploding phones (perhaps due to counterfeit batteries), a Times writer addressed the broader problem:

  • But the (Chinese) government has announced the results of some of its inspections, and they are startling: nearly 20 percent of the nation's food and consumer products are substandard or tainted, the government said this week.

  • Food is laced with industrial chemicals, formaldehyde, industrial wax and dangerous coloring dyes; baby clothes are contaminated with dangerous chemicals, children's snack food is doused with excessive amounts of preservatives and old food waste is repackaged and sold as new.


For an even longer list of food safety incidents in recent years, see the Wikipedia article:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Food_safety_in_the_People%27s_Republic_of_China

or just search within Wikipedia.org by entering these 3 words in the search box: China Food Safety