Notice Concerning Swine Influenza

April 27, 2009

Notice Concerning Swine Influenza


Dear valued customer,

As you may be aware, there have been confirmed cases of people contracting swine influenza in Mexico and the United States (in areas of California and Texas near the border with Mexico).

I would like to point out that the pork-derived gelatin used in the manufacturing process of our gelatin capsules are made using pigs from Europe (Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands), and that the ingredients are sterilized during the manufacturing process by heating to 138 degrees Celsius. Please consider this in light of the administrative notice (dated April 26, 2009) issued by the Tuberculosis and Infectious Diseases Control Division of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare’s Health Service Bureau to the effect that, when preparing porcine meat even for consumption, cooking the meat so that the internal temperature reaches 71 degrees Celsius kills the swine influenza virus.

Therefore, we believe that the pork-derived gelatin used here at Qualicaps poses no safety issues.

We would greatly appreciate your cooperation in passing the above message on to all relevant people at your company.


Yours sincerely,

Seinosuke Matsuura, Manager
Quality Assurance Department
Qualicaps Co., Ltd.