Puritans Pride which is a company of NBTY sells old products to International buyers. They do several dirty things. one thing they do is that they hide the original date of expiry printed with a line of white paint which goes one end to the other of the label and print a new expire date over it. When you have a closer look in an angle to a light you can seen there is a distinctive contrast between the white color of the original label and the white color line that hides the actual date. Also if you just rub the two surfaces you can notice a difference in texture as well. A label that is not altered doesnt have these flaws. The lable does not mention the manufature date but only the expire date. However you can see a year mentioned under 'Carefully manufatured by' and I think this must be the manufacture year. In one product Zinc Gluconate 50 mg 100 tabs that I ordered had this alteration and the expire date was 04/2013 and the year mentioned under 'Carefully manufactured by' is 2007. I am amazed that Zinc gluconate has such a long life of 6 years. The other two products Ferrous Gluconate 28mg 100 tabs and Magnesium 250mg 100 tabs did not have such obvious alterations but The years mentioned under 'Carefully manufactured by' for Ferrous Gluconate and Magnesium was 2009 and 2008 and the expire dates were 10/2013 and 8/2013 respectively. I cant believe these products can be for 4 or 5 years without preservatives. A supplement should not be for more that 3 years otherwise its not going to be effective. I have tried these and I didnt sense any effect that there should be when taking them in such doses. I can tell this because I have used a local product for a while and I can know how its like taking 50mg of zinc within 30 minutes. International buyer be aware dont take claims like quality potency gauranteed from a company which is based in a country that does not regulate supplements by the state and allow self regulation for quality and potency. I dont recommend buying from them. They may sell you old products look for these clues and be aware.
The following are numbers and codes mentioned on labels of the products that I recieved
Ferrous Gluconate 28mg 100 tab
Item No 1200
Barcode 0 74312 11200 3
Other code 315407-01 EXP 10/13
Magnesium 250mg 100 tab
Barcode 0 74312 15830 8
other code 293733-06 EXP 08/13
Chelated Zinc 50 mg 100 tab
Barcode 0 74312 12060 2
other code 286104-03 EXP 04/13
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