Are your multivitamins, supplements, other medicines and prescription medicines made in the UK? You might want to check and if not seek medicines from an alternative producer.
I’m told that for medicines making statements like ‘country of origin’ is not possible under European Medicines and Medical Devices Legislation! Is that true I wonder? However, you can ask where these products are made and tell manufacturers that you want British made medicines.
I would much rather my medicines and other pharmaceutical products were made in the UK than aboard, particularly because of a lack of control of manufacturing standards and hygiene standards abroad.
Some pharmaceutical companies have moved their production or some of their production abroad.
The same goes with multivitamins, herbal remedies and supplements.
For example Waitrose multivitamins are produced in the UK, whereas I think Boots multivitamins are made aboard. Tesco Everyday Value multivitamins are made in the UK, as are their diphenhydramine hydrochloride sleep aid tablets and Tesco own brand women’s health and men’s health multivitamins. To buy British check the labels when you do your grocery shop – many food and some some non-food products in the UK’s supermarkets are made in Britain.
Bassetts multi-vitamins are made in the UK. They are made by a company called Ernest Jackson Ltd. Whether all their products are made in the UK I am not sure, but Bassetts multivitamins are clearly labelled “Made with care in the UK”. Ernest Jackson offers a wide range of well-known branded products, as well as a contract manufacturing service. They have a factory in Devon but not all their products carry country of origin labelling and hence I do not know if all their products are UK made. Their brands include Bassetts Multivitamins, Throaties, Proctor’s Pinelyptus Pastilles, Potter’s Cough Pastilles, Victory V paste lozenges, and Zubes lozenges. The company was founded in 1817. In 1984 Ernest Jackson merged with Bassetts Foods PLC (Trebor Bassett) and in 1989 Trebor Bassett became part of Cadbury Schweppes. In 2011 US company Kraft Foods acquired Cadbury PLC. Kraft Foods became know as Mondelez in 2013 and hence Ernest Jackson now belongs to American company Mondelez.
Wellman original multi-vitamins are made in Britain, as are Wellman and Wellwoman drinks and the packaging is clearly labelled “Made in Britain”. These are all made by Vitabiotics Ltd. Whether all products for the UK market by Vitabiotics are made in the UK I am not sure. No country of information information is given on their website and it says on their website that they have a factory somewhere in Asia – https://www.vitabiotics.com
Have a look at http://www.naturesbest.co.uk/uk-made-aukmade/ where they explain some of the sharp practices carried out by some suppliers of supplements. Most Natures Best products are made in the UK, although some I know are made aboard (for example their Acidophilus Extra is made in Denmark and packed in the UK).
Natures Aid nutritional supplements, founded in 1981, say on their website “Natures Aid has become the one of the UK’s favourite brand of vitamins, supplements and herbal products, which are manufactured in our own purpose built factory in the UK” and “At Natures Aid we manufacture all our products at our purpose built 43,000 ft state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Preston, Lancashire, UK.” They have a very wide range of products available – https://www.naturesaid.co.uk
G&G own brand vitamins, minerals, herbs and probiotics (encapsulated and powdered supplements) are manufactured in England. As well as supplying the G&G brand of food supplements, G&G also contract manufacture ‘own label’ products for others. Unfortunately, country of origin information is not given against individual products on their website or on the actual packaging. Having emailed the company, their reply today (1/5/15), was that “All of our G&G Branded products are manufactured here in the UK. There are some others products that are not manufactured by ourselves, such as Natren, that we get from elsewhere”. So, essentially, G&G branded products are made in England and their other products are foreign made.
http://www.vitaminmanufacture.co.uk – for G&G contract manufacturing information
https://gandgvitamins.wordpress.com – G&G blog
Holland & Barrett fail to give any information about country of origin on their website, so I assume most, if not all, of their products are foreign made.
Lamberts Healthcare dietary supplements. According to their website “All Lamberts products are manufactured in the UK to stringent pharmaceutical standards”. Strangely they do not give country of origin on their labels. Vitamins, minerals, herbs, multiple formulas, fish oil, glucosamine, etc – http://www.lambertshealthcare.co.uk
Grape Tree have 93 retail stores across the UK selling a variety of health foods, nuts, seeds, dried and crystallised fruit, snacks, confectionery, cooking and baking ingredients and an online shop. No country of origin information is given on their website but I did find some British made products in their Bedford shop in November 2017 – https://www.grapetree.co.uk
Lifeplan manufacturers of vitamins and mineral supplements in Leicestershire do not discuss country of origin on their website but if you look at their product labels (which are also shown on their website) they say “proudly manufactured in the UK” on many of their products – https://www.lifeplan.co.uk/
FSC (Food Supplement Company) vitamins, minerals, supplements and superfoods are British made. On their website they say “Made in the UK. The FSC range is manufactured by owners Bee Health Ltd, one of the UK’s leading vitamin and supplement manufacturers, at its state-of-the-art facility in Bridlington, Yorkshire”. Also see Bee Health below – https://www.fscsupplements.com
Bee Health Limited, founded in 1992, are specialists in private label and contract manufacturing for some of the world’s largest vitamins, minerals & supplement retailers.They say on their website “From our state-of-the-art facility in Bridlington, Yorkshire we are fully equipped to formulate, manufacture and package a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, supplements & superfoods including tablets, capsules, softgels, liquids, gels, creams and powders.” As well as manufacturing for others they have their own brands of FSC (see above) and Bee Health Propolis – https://www.beehealth.com
Red Kooga Ginseng products was the first ginseng brand to be launched on the UK market in 1976 apparently. They fail to give any country of origin information on their website but the packets I have seen do say made in the UK on them – http://www.redkooga.co.uk
Cabbages and Roses bicarbonate of soda is produced and packed in England – http://www.cabbagesandroses.com/1kg-bicarbonate-of-soda
Are there any other companies that make or sell British made bicarbonate of soda I wonder?