China Seeks to Expand Beyond Commodity Selling

Chinese suppliers expand their capabilities, but experts are at odds on issues of quality and safety.

China has become the breadbasket of dietary supplement ingredients for the United States and the rest of the world. From vitamin A to xanthan gum, Chinese entrepreneurs are leveraging their country’s agricultural resources and low wages with Western technological expertise to manufacture nutritional ingredients at enormous cost savings. Depending on the commodity, Chinese ingredients are priced as much as 75% less than U.S.- or European-produced ingredients. Rising fuel costs and other

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