Heavy Metal Standards2019-03-05T12:38:43-07:00

We are proudly committed to the highest industry standards for product purity. Our diverse product line uses a combination of certified organic, wildcrafted, and naturally-grown materials. We start with our TruGanic™ Sourcing Standards, which requires third-party, independent, accredited lab testing for pesticides, GMOs (genetically modified organisms), and irradiation upon qualification of all new ingredient sources. Next, all ingredients are lab tested for botanical identity, heavy metals, microbiological activity, and gluten.

Our heavy metal specifications ensure the lowest levels of heavy metals feasible for each of product formulation. For more information on this topic from the FDA, click here.
Heavy metal specifications (arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury) are set for all raw materials and finished products to ensure that all finished products comply with the American Herbal Products Association heavy metal standards. Any raw materials and/or finished products that do not meet our specifications are rejected.

Our Four Step Testing Process:

  1. Heavy metal specifications are set for all ingredients and are communicated to all vendors before purchasing any raw materials. Certificates of Analyses are required for all raw materials that enter the production facility.
  2. All new raw materials are qualified for use by lab* testing three separate lots for heavy metals. All three lots must meet heavy metal specifications in order for any/all new ingredients to be qualified.
  3. Once ingredients are qualified for use, we require continual ongoing lab* testing of every lot of every ingredient that enters the production facility for heavy metals. Any lot that does not meet our heavy metal specifications is rejected and returned to the supplier.
  4. For all finished products, ingredients are blended for a minimum of 20 minutes to ensure homogenous finished product blend. Samples are then taken from finished product blend (every product, every lot) for heavy metal lab* testing. Any finished product that does not meet finished product heavy metal specifications is rejected.
    *independent, third party ISO accredited lab

Please note: Heavy metal specifications for ingredients and finished products are set at the lowest feasible levels, in many cases resulting in finished products well below the American Herbal Products Association standards. It is important to understand that some trace levels of heavy metals are found in nearly all dried botanicals (as well as common foods). It is well known that there are naturally-occurring heavy metals found in soils around the world, and that plants can uptake these heavy metals in small amounts in the same way they do other minerals.

For information regarding California Prop 65, click here.
Heavy Metals: Analysis and Limits in Herbal Dietary Supplements, click here.