Siam Industries International Co. Ltd. Thailand, a US-Thai Amity Company and their Siam Natural Organics premier Thai supplements brand recently unveiled several new NaturePaq ™ branded US FDA registered health supplements & natural herbal based cosmetic products for American consumers to buy on line and ship locally from Nevada.
In a world of ever increasing fake everything – like tainted and undocumented ‘black market’ Amazon & eBay supplements & diluted cosmetics, our new brand brings US customers a breath of fresh pure premium grade 100% natural dietary herbal supplements and luxury organic based Envisage Siam Zen formulation cosmetics – all fully documented and licensed by the Thai FDA & Registered with US FDA and US Customs.
In these troubled times of brand convolution and off brand bargain basement prices – it’s imperative that consumers restore trust and confidence that what they’re purchasing is authentic and manufactured under strict GMP safe & sanitary conditions with the exact contents stated on the labels.
- In 2017 retail sales of vitamins & nutritional supplements in the US reached a whopping 36 billion dollars. Many unscrupulous manufacturers have jumped into the supplements arena over the past few decades selling bogus, blended, and fake health supplements then closing their doors and immediately reopening under a different name. According to former special agent and forensic investigator for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Mr. Gary Collins, MS, who is adamant about hardworking moms and dads trying to do right by their family by buying inexpensive supplements, he went on to say, “Little do they know that these ‘bargain’ vitamins and capsules are worthless at best, and at worst may cost them and their children their health, and possibly their lives”. In a 2013 blog post he wrote,”
WHY YOU SHOULD NEVER BUY SUPPLEMENTS ON AMAZON OR EBAY! A MUST-READ BY FORMER FDA SPECIAL AGENT GARY COLLINS.
“The fact is, it costs money to make quality dietary supplements such as vitamins, protein powders, fish oil capsules, energy bars, herbal blends, or sports nutrition products. But if you have no morals and know how truly under-regulated the supplement industry is in America, you can make huge amounts of money selling dangerous counterfeit and expired supplement products.How? You undercut the price of legitimate supplement companies. Cheaper wins. And the consumer loses. Why should you believe me? For many years, not too long ago, I worked in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as a Special Agent. I’ve been behind the curtain of the supplement industry – way behind – so what I say is not based on some far-fetched conspiracy theory. I was there and witnessed it firsthand. Now, as a public health advocate and creator of the Primal Power Method, here’s what I want you to know about the vitamins, capsules and pills that can make or break your health.
There are three main ways that supplements end up on the market at unbelievably cheap prices:
- They are counterfeit and probably dangerous.
- They are useless expired products that have been repackaged as new.
- They are stolen products released on the black market without any quality control”.
- Industry consumer affairs groups and now the legal system alike report major store chains such as GNC, Target, Walmart, Walgreens and others are selling bogus herbal supplements. It could be that some of these major department stores who don’t actually manufacture the products themselves are unknowingly selling fake or tainted supplements.
- In December of 2016 our Thai legal representatives investigated a number of Amazon, eBay and other on-line ‘private store’ sellers of undocumented ‘black market’ Thai herbal supplements and notified the legal departments at Amazon and eBay in writing with no response whatsoever. Their legal department(s) seem to just ignore these issues and hide behind answering machines not returning telephone calls or professional representative’s letters.
Apparently greed and total a disregard for humanity prevails because corporate sellers like Amazon, Etsy and eBay seem to choose to to turn a blind eye to sales of bogus, black market, undocumented and/or even dangerous supplements by allowing private sellers to continue to hide within their private on-line stores after they have slipped under the radar of US Customs and US FDA bringing in bogus products to the these On-line portals in small boxes through the postal system – unless someone speaks up.
Our legal team spoke up but were met with deaf ears and a brick wall. The big chain stores simply may not be able to identify and verify the authenticity of certain documents or vendor products that have been manufactured illegally or improperly which somehow slipped through the maze of US Customs and FDA Compliance systems, but they too are the manufacturers of record in some cases and as such are accountable for what they are putting on their shelves for consumers to purchase.
New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman was the bold one to take the initiative in 2015 after seeing a study conducted by the University of Guelph in 2013 that found ‘contamination’ and ‘substitution’ in herbal products in most of the products tested. As was said at the time by a spokesperson for the University of Guelph, “The industry suffers from unethical activities by some manufacturers.”
Attorney General Schneiderman launched his investigation into thirteen manufacturers in America and stated, “This investigation makes one thing abundantly clear: the old adage ‘buyer beware’ may be especially true for consumers of herbal supplements”.
“The study undertaken by Attorney General Schneiderman’s office was a well-controlled, scientifically-based documentation of the outrageous degree of adulteration in the herbal supplement industry,” stated Arthur P. Grollman, M.D., Professor of Pharmacological Sciences at Stony Brook University. “Hopefully, this action can prompt other states to follow New York’s example and lead to the reform of federal laws that, in their current form, are doing little to protect the public.”
Attorney General Schneiderman said DNA tests by his investigations found that just 21% of the test results from store brand herbal supplements verified DNA from the plants listed on the products’ labels — with 79% coming up empty for DNA related to the labeled content or verifying contamination with other plant material.
We view these as outrageous corporate crimes being perpetrated against unknowing consumers who spend their hard earned money for supplements they believe may improve their health and well being.
Attorney General Schneiderman’s cease-and-desist letters targeted 13 manufacturers, which produced 15 of the test products. These companies included:
Nutraceutical International Corporation (Soloray);
Alternative Remedies Health & Herbs;
The Kroger Co., as parent of Vitacost.com;
FoodScience Corporation (Food Science of Vermont & DaVinci Labs);
Thorne Research Inc.;
NBTY, Inc. (Puritan’s Pride);
Olympian Labs, Inc. (Prescribed Choice);
Nature’s Sunshine Products, Inc.;
RHG & Company Inc. (Vital Nutrients);
The Natural Healing Room & End Time Essentials; and
In the Feb. 3, 2015 release, Schneiderman announced DNA barcode testing results that indicated widespread deception: Several products tested—including saw palmetto, St. John’s Wort and Echinacea, among others—failed to contain the labeled herbs and were tainted with undeclared contaminants and fillers, such as rice and spruce.
Industry executives immediately questioned the accuracy of Schneiderman’s results. The processing of herbs into an extract, experts said, can eliminate or alter the DNA, leaving a mistaken impression that the plant material is absent from the finished product. This is where the lawyers for the corporate defendants try to quash the charges through legal maneuvering
Walmart and its co-defendants produced more than 12,000 pages of material, including internal and external testing of the supplements, manufacturing records and quality control procedures.
Carl Douglas McMillon (born October 17, 1966) is an American businessman and the president & CEO of Wal–Mart Stores, Inc. Salary: US$19.4 million (2015 compensation)
The case, In re: Herbal Supplements Marketing and Sales Practice Litigation, is still pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 1:15-cv-05070, before the Hon. Amy J. St. Eve.
What the above all means for US as a small grower-manufacturer and for YOU as the vulnerable consumer is that big corporations are willing to spend lots of money on high powered lawyers to legally sidestep their way out of their moral and ethical responsibilities as sellers of health supplements – failing to protect the interest of consumers first.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos infamous counterfeiter
It is no different than the deception and misrepresentation that is going on with Amazon, eBay, Etsy and other on-line marketers who wish to hide supplement cheaters by turning a blind eye to unscrupulous sellers in their embedded ‘anonymous’ on-line stores. Amazon prints the following disclaimer on their website to attempt to legally avoid responsibility for their actions;
AMAZON DISCLAIMER: While we work to ensure that product information is correct, on occasion manufacturers may alter their ingredient lists. Actual product packaging and materials may contain more and/or different information than that shown on our Web site. We recommend that you do not solely rely on the information presented and that you always read labels, warnings, and directions before using or consuming a product.
For additional information about a product, please contact the manufacturer. Content on this site is for reference purposes and is not intended to substitute for advice given by a physician, pharmacist, or other licensed health-care professional. You should not use this information as self-diagnosis or for treating a health problem or disease. Contact your health-care provider immediately if you suspect that you have a medical problem. Information and statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition. Amazon.com assumes no liability for inaccuracies or misstatements about products.
In other words – they, AMAZON assume no responsibility whatsoever for their actions. We brought this up to the US FDA Compliance Officer recently when we were going through the required process of becoming FDA registered for the import of our Thai FDA licensed supplements.
As a US-Thai corporation, Siam Industries International Co. Ltd recently imported their top organically cultivated herbal supplements, Pueraria mirifica and Butea superba which are fully documented, Thailand Ministry of Public Health, FDA licensed, manufactured under strict GMP standards and have all the legal and proper documents such as Certificate of Origin, Certificate of Free Sale, Thailand Customs import/export licenses – adequate documentation to import the products to any country from Thailand legally.
Our first shipment to the USA in September 2017 was detained by US Customs and eventually denied entry by US FDA because the labels on the bottles didn’t meet FDA requirements in terms of what specific use the product was intended for.
We contend our labels made sound medical claims based on scientific facts. These were deemed inappropriate by US FDA guidelines because you cannot claim any medical benefits, such as; treats or helps prevent breast cancer, osteoporosis, or anti-aging. Hence, we relabeled the ladies supplement, Pueraria mirifica and toned down the actual scientific claims to state it improves vitality and addresses mild menopausal symptoms.
FDA Compliance wrote,
“The number of US import entries has increased significantly and is expected to keep rising. Unfortunately, FDA cannot possibly review all entries of FDA-regulated products, so we have to target our resources on products with the highest risk. FDA uses a risk-based system called PREDICT (Predictive Risk-based Evaluation for Dynamic Import Compliance Targeting) to screen all FDA-regulated products are before they enter the U.S. PREDICT uses automated data mining, pattern discovery, and automated queries of FDA databases to determine the potential risk of a shipment. It takes into account the inherent risk of a product, previous history of importers, manufacturers and shippers, current issues, intel received from other agencies, etc.
PREDICT is dynamic so the information it uses to evaluate entries is constantly updated. Depending on the analytical results from PREDICT, shipments may be flagged for further review, thus potentially leading to field exams, sample collection, etc.
I cannot speak as to how the companies you named (AMAZON, eBAY, ETSY) operate, but I believe you can make a complaint to those companies if you find products that are not in compliance and/or “fake” and they will review them and can remove those products from their websites as they see fit”.
As stated above, we hired a reputable law firm in 2016 to investigate certain Thai sellers on Amazon and eBay and found most of the sellers of Thai Pueraria mirifica and Butea superba on the Amazon and eBay web portals were apparently unlicensed in Thailand and were shipping undocumented ‘black market’ supplements to Amazon, eBay and others. Our law firm sent the formal letter to Amazon, eBay legal departments and others in December 2016 and they never responded. Read the PDF of letters to Amazon and eBay legal departments.
FDA went on to say, “For all future entries, the entries will be screened by our system (PREDICT) and may be flagged for further review depending on the results of the screening process. As I explained before, we may request additional information, perform a field exam, sample collection, etc. Please follow what is requested for each future entry and respond to the Notice of Action as needed.
When the products have been refused (whether after the detention period ends or at the request of the importer of record before the end of the detention period), the refused products can be: 1) exported or 2) destroyed under the supervision of FDA.
It is up to the importer of record to decide which option works for them. But CBP (US Customs) must approve it before the exportation or destruction under FDA supervision.
If the products will be destroyed under FDA supervision, we will schedule an appointment with the importer of record (or the identified contact person) to schedule the time to witness the destruction. FDA needs to receive a copy of the CBP form 3499 that’s been approved by a CBP Officer and our request form before scheduling the appointment. We can provide the request form to you if you need it”.
We believe that all in all, the US FDA screening system is quite good and designed to make safe and healthy vitamins and supplements more accessible to consumers.
Where FDA draws the line is in keeping medicine that treats an ailment or potentially prevents a disease under the laws governing pharmaceutical drugs. Perhaps this will change in the future so consumers will better understand what holistic health benefits may be derived from an herbal supplement or a tea.
Siam Industries International Co. Ltd. organically cultivated green house
What we find most disturbing as small fully licensed organic growers and fully licensed Thai-US manufacturers is to see items on Amazon and eBay like images below left that we know full well are totally undocumented, black market, perhaps even the wrong species being illegally exported from Thailand and openly sold on Amazon and eBay as a “real Thai ” product.
Sold by South Korea based BEorgan and Fulfilled by Amazon
Undocumented, it could be anything mixed in the capsules! We surmise its wild crafted herb from the rain forest that is manufactured underground in Thailand and shipped in small boxes through the postal system to avoid US Customs scrutiny and to circumvent the FDA PREDICT Compliance System.
“Details about 100 % Organic Pueraria mirifica Kwao Krua Herb- 500mg x 120 Capsules”. Many undocumented products (like pictured above) slip through the cracks and end up in Amazon & eBay stores when imported into the USA in small boxes through the mail.
Fact is, authentic Thai manufactured products are fully regulated by the Thailand Ministry of Public Health, FDA much like the USA FDA, who does a comprehensive job of screening new supplements for licensing
Thailand FDA license number & manufacturer name address must be displayed on each bottle
Ingredients:100% pure organically cultivated raw Thai Kwao Krua Kao tuber powder
NaturePaq™ brand Pueraria mirifica Siam super premium grade organically cultivated
Pueraria mirifica (Kwao Krua Kao) 100 ea 250mg V-caps, S-N-KKK-ORG-100, Item: S-N PM-100ea-250mg V-caps, SKU: N-P-S-N-KKK-Org-100, UPC: 759740480640, Thailand Ministry of Public Health, FDA license #1-1-14153-1-0239
The point is – consumers should be able to purchase products that are sufficiently inspected by authorities, known to be 100% safe and the contents in the package be accurate to what is stated on the label adhering to US FDA labeling guidelines.
Unfortunately, you as the consumer must make the right purchase decisions because the big multinational corporations don’t care if you live or die.
If you sense that the price is too low or the packaging is amateurish compared to what is professional and legitimate, you are not doing yourself or your loved ones any favors by purchasing these undocumented products.
The objective of purchasing health supplements in the first place is to reap some actual health benefits from what you buy.
If you read our blog post of February 11th, 2017, we cited three deaths caused from products purchased from Amazon and manufactured by some of the same unethical companies that New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman served with cease-and-desist letters.
The legal procedures the big corporations are doing is bound to continue because they don’t care about anything but their bottom line profits – so the buck must stop with YOU, the consumer. Many legitimate Health Pros like the Health Ranger, Natural News documents lots of facts on Big Business & Government corruption of health supplements. Read more on : US1930s Government
To be safe, before purchasing a health supplement, look on the packaging for;
Good Manufacturing Practices FDA license #
The Thailand based Siam Industries International Co. Ltd. is acclaimed globally for manufacturing top premier grade greenhouse organically cultivated Pueraria mirifica ladies herbal dietary supplements and handmade Envisage Siam brand herbal zen cosmetics containing organic PM liquid extracts. Visit NaturePaq.net USA