There are reasons MONAS buys as much American product as it can, manufactures all their 250 plus formulas in the United States, and tests every single raw material that enters the factory.
In fact, the ingredients are in quarantine until our lab tests prove they are exactly what we ordered and 100% free of any microbial issues.
MONAS takes all the extra steps including annual audits of all suppliers in addition to the above-mentioned protocols because I want to guarantee our customer base that the products are pure, safe, and highly effective.
And, since we are 100% family-owned and operated and have been for 28 years, there is no pressure from shareholders wanting a bigger return. No cutting corners. No buying cheap ingredients to pad the bottom line.
It has been that way since 1992 and always will be with MONAS and sister company Absolutely Natural.
If you need proof that you just can’t trust lotions and shampoos and other cosmetics or OTC products from foreign manufacturers, read some of one woman’s horror story with a product from Mexico.
As reported from Yahoo News:
A woman is in a semi-comatose state after using a skincare cream from Mexico, which was tainted with toxic levels of mercury.
The 47-year-old mother of five, of Sacramento, Calif., has allegedly been buying Pond’s Rejuveness cream from Jalisco, Mexico, through a for 12 years, and using it twice a day without any problems.
Testing revealed that the tainted face cream contained a powerful form of mercury, known as methylmercury. While mercury levels less than 5 micrograms per liter in the blood are considered acceptable, the woman had 2,630 micrograms per liter in her blood.
“It came on very slowly,” the son said. “She had mentioned just numbing in her lips, and numbing in her mouth, she had a lot of fatigue, very tired all the time, just wanting to be in bed.”
In July, the woman went to the hospital after her symptoms, which now included slurred speech and difficulty walking, became worse. She eventually fell into a semi-comatose state and has remained there for weeks.
Although high levels of mercury are toxic, the heavy metal is found in some skincare products. “Mercury has been used in cosmetic products, as a preservative, as skin lightener, and with certain eye products,” Susan Massick, dermatologist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “The FDA strictly regulates the use of mercury in products manufactured in the U.S. and limits its use in products. Unfortunately, products manufactured in or imported from countries outside the U.S., where regulations aren’t as strict and the oversight is not as vigorous, can contain much higher levels that are unsafe and even toxic and can lead to serious health complications.”
If mercury is absorbed into the skin, people can develop skin irritation and allergic reactions, explains Massick. “At higher levels and with chronic use, there can be signs of neurotoxicity, including headaches, irritability, memory loss, tremors, numbness of extremities and lips, changes in vision and hearing, and depression.”
So what can you do to protect yourself?
According to Massick, “Avoid buying products manufactured in and imported from foreign countries, particularly Mexico. If you are in a foreign country and tempted to buy products that look exactly like the American counterparts, chances are high that these may contain contaminants and, in some cases, toxic levels of chemicals that would be harmful to your health.”
The easy solution is to buy American and choose a company that goes to great lengths to make sure the product is safe. At MONAS, our protocols and standards ensure the best products anywhere.