Fake dietary supplements from China
Chinese Shaanxi OWENS Industry Ltd. delivered fake-NMN
SGS, FDA and ISO 9001 Certified Chinese Biotech Company, Producer of Anti-Aging Agent NMN, Shaanxi OWENS Productions Ltd. (listed at Alibaba) convicted of fraud(FDA = US Food and Drug Administration - SGS = Societe Generale de Surveillance SA, Geneva)
David Sinclair is now world famous and caused a run on this 'miracle substance', but the production of NMN is very expensive. In Europe, research by Sinclair is not well known because it is very difficult to obtain this substance. In the USA this is (already) different: NMN is already widespread there and there are different producers. Prof. Sinclair said in an interview that is available on YouTube, he himself takes 1 g NMN per day. From a producer in the United States 1 g NMN would cost between 10 and 40 dollars!
In the past year, a study was published that described a cheap(er) method of producing NMN. And since then, the number of providers of NMN on the Chinese Internet platform Alibaba explodes, offering NMN relatively cheap (for a price of $ 1 to $ 5 per gram). And this NMN is bought by European and American retailers and filled into capsules for the European and American markets or packaged as a powder and distributed on platforms such as Amazon.
There is a problem for the providers who want to act responsibly towards their customers. If you want to check if the substance you bought in China is really NMN, and if so, how pure this substance is, then you will rarely find a laboratory in Europe that can help you. The editors asked numerous laboratories in Germany and Switzerland for an analysis, but all laboratories refused on the grounds that there was (still) no standard procedure for the analysis of NMN.
This is the situation of the Chinese biotech company Shaanxi OWENS Productions Ltd. apparently taking advantage to offer a particularly inexpensive NMN (via the portal Alibaba), knowing that customers in Europe have virtually no chance to review the quality of this product (which has not yet been approved as a dietary supplement in Europe).
At Alibaba, OWENS Productions boasts a number of truly meaningful certifications: they are proven to be ISO 9001 certified and FDA certified. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) certificate can be downloaded from their Alibaba ad. The parent company of OWENS Productions, Sgonek, is also SGS-certified and this certificate then also applies to the subsidiary, OWENS Industry Ltd.
The editors have bought in confidence on these certificates from the company NMN.
As described, the editors had to realize that there is no way in Europe to have the quality of the substance supplied checked. But a really unfortunate coincidence came to the help of the editor: The package with the (supposed) NMN was subjected to an analysis by Swiss customs on suspicion that the contents of the package could be (forbidden) drugs. And it turned out: The substance analysed is NOT NMN, not nicotinamide mononucleotide (this is the substance that Prof. Sinclair is researching), but it is the (much cheaper) nicotinamide.
Confronted with this (and subsequently further) analysis results, OWENS has the insolence to simply question the expertise of the Swiss Customs Laboratory, and also a laboratory ultimately found in the US by the editors, specialized in the analysis of NMN.
We have both the FDA and the SGS informed about the fraud and there are investigations.
However, the public should learn about it as soon as possible so that many more do not become victims of this fraud.
Of course, the editorial stuff will be available for further questions (by phone and by email).
Dr. Peter Niehenke
editor in chief
And these are the documents to proof the fraud: