Where to get supplements NOT from China

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I would love to find this out as well! If anyone can locate a U.S. source, please post here. I emailed NOW Foods and they say they source ingredients from all over the world, including China. The assured me that they do extensive testing, etc., blah, blah, blah. They also claim to be testing for melamine. All those reassurances don't mean much to me in light of the current situation. I am feeding home-prepared diets to my cat and dog and really would like to locate a safe source of taurine (my cat won't eat raw). Thanks!

What foods contain taurine? I'd prefer to not use supplements at all if I can get away with it. From what I've read there seems to be a lot of taurine in clams.

everyone is looking including over at Dr. Andrew Weil's pet recall thread. I have posted here that BASF (the people who don't make things but make them "better" , the largest chemical company in the world, who OBTW own the license to the Melamine process...) well, read for yourself:

" Due to the global economy and worldwide outsourcing, some ingredients or supplements are not made in the U.S. or are not made in sufficient quantity. Most pet food and human food companies and makers of supplements most likely source some supplements from China. Most B vitamins for human and pet consumption come from China. In our supplements, U.S. vitamin maker BASF sources some vitamins from China. This will be true of the vitamin content for most pet foods you buy and for many pet or human vitamins you use. The Glucosamine we humans take as well as the Glucosamine in your pet’s food most likely is sourced from  China. The same is true for human grade Taurine. Some pet food makers seem unaware that some ingredients of necessity must be sourced from China; scary they don’t know."

The answer is ALL TAURINE and if you speak off the record, you will find the real answer is ALL VITAMINS but I'm hoping that's not altogether true either.

TAURINE delays or reverses the aging process in humans (see quote below, we need it too) so there you go, no wonder some IG Farben derivative somehow seems to OWN that... it's also in energy drinks... beware...

Taurine in the pharmaceutical and lab setting is synthesized through a combination of cysteine, methionine and vitamin E.

Be aware that BASF is developing/pushing globally a genetically engineered version of VITAMIN E one they say will incorporate a cure for prostate cancer. Thank you but as a female I really don't want "Franken Vitamins" and neither will I feed my cat the same.


It has been established that taurine concentration is extraordinarily high in the developing brain, and falls of sharply thereafter. This occurs at a time when the presumed synthetic pathway, via cysteine sulfinate decarboxylase, has little measurable activity, suggesting that a dietary source of taurine is essential. Moreover, it has been found that high concentrations of taurine are present in breast milk, which reflects the important need for taurine by the growing animal.

They destroy the quality of our soil with their pesticides and chemical farming methods, they try to push their "frankenfood GMO seeds" on us, when we supplement with vitamins, we find they own all that and are mucking with that too. With no recourse.

Quote from: ragdoll on May 02, 2007, 05:22:04 PM

My bottle of Taurine says "made in the U.S.A." - it is made by "NOW" (www.nowfoods.com).  Of course, made in the USA doesn't necessarily mean anything these days does it?

I called HERBAL REMEDIES and asked them, they said I have to email their information@herbalremedies.com which as been coming back with this for days now.

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Quote from: DonnaD on May 03, 2007, 09:41:34 AM

What foods contain taurine? I'd prefer to not use supplements at all if I can get away with it. From what I've read there seems to be a lot of taurine in clams.

Hi Donna,

Clams do have a lot of taurine (my cat doesn't like clams!). There are charts at the following URL that list taurine content of various foods.



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