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Jarrow Formulas® Japanese Products Pass Stringent Import Safety Standards

Some consumers have expressed concerns regarding possible radioactive contamination of Japanese ingredients used in Jarrow Formulas’ products.  These ingredients include ubiquinone, ubiquinol, hyaluronic acid (Hyal), pantethine and Yaeyama chlorella.

Immediately after the Earthquake, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an Import Alert that limits imports of food and food ingredients from certain regions of Japan where production could possibly be affected by the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.  The prefectures involved are Fukushima, Gunma, Ibaraki and Tochigi. Before they enter the U.S., all food and food ingredients imported from these regions as well as other regions that are not covered by the Import Alert go though stringent safety procedures put in place by the FDA.

In addition to the government-issued safety control measures, Jarrow Formulas has taken immediate precautions and preventative measures to ensure the quality and safety of ingredients that are used in our products. Materials that are imported from Japan go through at least three inspection points.  Every shipment from Japan is tested for radioactivity before leaving Japan, at the port before entering the U.S., and finally when it arrives at the production facility in the U.S.  If there are any small doubts or possible risks of contamination, shipments are rejected and never used in production.

Fortunately, the ingredients that are included in Jarrow Formulas’ products come from regions that are remote from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.  For instance, Yaeyama chlorella is grown in the coral reef region of Japan’s Ishigaki Island, which is south of Okinawa and almost 1,200 miles from the reactor site.  This is twice the distance from San Diego to San Francisco.  Even the closest indoor production sites are fully enclosed and significantly distant from any possible contamination.

The safety and wellbeing of customers are our highest priorities at Jarrow Formulas.  We take the quality of our ingredients seriously and we endeavor to deliver the finest products on the market.  Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.  Thank you for your support and understanding.

Warmest regards,

Jarrow Formulas, Inc.
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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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