Organic Germanium Import Restrictions
During the early to mid 1980’s, supplementation with germanium was quite popular especially in Japan 24. In some circles, dangerous inorganic forms of germanium imported from Asian countries were consumed in large quantities causing renal compromise and even some fatalities. This is partly on account of sloppy manufacturing controls, and partly because un-scrupled profiteers mixed organic germanium with cheaper inorganic forms to boost profits. Gross ignorance also played a significant role as most vendors and consumers did not discriminate between different forms of germanium. When efforts were made to distinguish between organic and inorganic forms, it is clear that even a few scientists got confused. For example, germanium lactate citrate was frequently reported and marketed as organic germanium when it is actually inorganic 10-12.
The sloppiness of foreign manufacturers, the dishonesty of a few profiteers, and the ignorance of the masses severely damaged the germanium industry. It wasn’t long before all germanium supplements were targeted by the FDA. An import alert issued on June 28, 1988 allows US Customs to seize all germanium products for supplemental use. This alert was revised in 1995 but remains in effect today More on this 67. In spite of the import restrictions, foreign material continues to slip through illegally. Businesses that rely on a foreign source run the risk of product seizure, penalties, and a damaged reputation. Fortunately, a substantial domestic source continues to supply a growing demand. With a perfect track record of safety since 1987, Designed Nutritional Products is a domestic source you can trust.
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