• Neato@kbin.social
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    7 months ago

    There’s way WAY too many generic and store brands for them all to just be QC rejects.

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      7 months ago

      They’re not. I have celiac, and I’ve learned from reading labels that they often have completely different ingredients/manufacturing conditions.

      They’re not QC rejects, but they’re also not the same thing repackaged.

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          7 months ago

          My provider claims generics can have different fillers and such. The active ingredients have to be the same, though.

          If I really wanted to be sure, I’d ask a pharmacist.

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            7 months ago

            Yeah that’s my understanding too but it’s like preferring McDonald’s over McBurger because they get the bag from a different distributor

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        7 months ago

        Usually it is just cheaper ingredients but made in the same factory, and branded with a different label.

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          7 months ago

          See, this is what people say, but now that I’ve been reading labels I don’t believe it.

          For example, I cannot eat Kellogg’s Rice Krispies, but some off brands are made with a different formula that doesn’t include gluten and is manufactured in a safe environment.

          Conversely, I can eat Cheerios, but not most store brands, Lucky Charms but not most store brands, etc.

          And that’s just cereal! Even drugs vary wildly. Sure, the active ingredients are the same, but the other contents can really vary.

          Some foods have similar ingredients, but are either manufactured on shared equipment with wheat and dairy, or not.

          I now believe that most store brands are made in a unique environment. I’m open to being convinced otherwise, but if you need more examples, I can check my cupboard and tell you all kinds of things!