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      Food and medicine from China—Are there risks?

      I am sort of new to the business of importing from China but very interested in selling food and OTC drugs/vitamins wholesale. A lot of products are so cheap from there that it would be such a loss to not ask about it.

      But what are the current risks of importing food/drugs from China?

      I know there have been uproars over the years about sanitation and regulation over there in the past, but I would think that to be mostly taken care of by now.

      Any info is greatly appreciated.
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      China is a major exporter of bulk prescription drugs, vitamins and food items. In fact, some things, such as ascorbic acid (vitamin C) are pretty much monopolized by the Chinese industry and it is nearly impossible not to acquire it from overseas.

      As with many items imported from other countries, there are risks involved. The safety of food and drug products requires extra caution because lives are at stake.
      First of all, the quality of anything ingested by humans in America must be up-to-par with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The organization uses the same standards it does for any food and drugs items imported into the states as it does for domestic products.

      • Drugs that have not been previously approved by the FDA (including new drugs and foreign imitations of US drugs) cannot be imported.
      • Imported drugs must be safe and effective.
      • Imported food must be pure, wholesome, safe to eat, and produced under sanitary conditions.
      • Foreign importer must give the FDA advance notice of food shipments and register their business with the organization.
      • All labels must be exact.

      If you choose a Chinese supplier that is not FDA certified, the risk of getting contaminated products increases exponentially. Choosing a reputable supplier which supplies to other trustworthy companies is one major step you can take to lessen this danger. There are discussions devoted entirely to the issue of choosing a good supplier elsewhere on this site.

      One major problem is, however, that there are so many factories in China that it is nearly impossible for the FDA to inspect them all, especially in a timely fashion. There are some estimates out there suggesting that it would take them 50 years to finish such a job. Some even argue that the majority of imports pass through customs without being properly inspected.

      So, keeping the above in mind, the best you can really do for your business is to only sell what 100% complies with FDA regulation if you’re going to import food or drugs from China. The risk is substantial, but if you’re cautious and as careful as possible, it can be a very safe and profitable endeavor.
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      Thanks for the feedback. Definitely a lot to think about here. I very much appreciate your time though. Thank you.

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