By Dan Shapley
With 90 percent of the U.S. vitamin supply now coming from China, and food and drug import scandals seemingly cropping up by the hour, vitamin makers are making a push to tell consumers their products are OK. We might expect the same soon from the makers of pain relievers, antibiotics, and a host of other common pharmaceuticals and supplements. They are now all made, primarily, in China too. Consumers are on edge, after the Food and Drug Administration warned on Friday not to buy toxic Chinese toothpaste
. That followed closely on the broadening scandal into pet and animal feeds tainted with an industrial chemical supplied by China. And with inspectors employed by governments that are part-owners of manufacturing plants, there's good reason to be skeptical about the quality of a range of products, according to a story in the June 3 Seattle Times.