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We do source ingredients from around the world including Japan. At Genuine Health we don’t generally disclose specifics around our raw materials as we consider this proprietary intel as we spend a lot of time and energy on finding premium ingredients that we don’t want to share with our competitors. Country of origin is basically irrelevant due to our rigourous sourcing and testing program:
• At Genuine Health, product quality, efficacy and safety are of vital importance. To this end, we place a great deal of emphasis on product testing both at the ingredient level and on our finished products. If an ingredient is not of outstanding quality and fails even one of our rigourous testing specifications applicable to that particular ingredient, it will not be used in any of our products. Testing includes but is not limited to: heavy metals, pesticides, GMOs, microbes and more.
• This testing rigour applies to all ingredients, regardless of their country of origin. At Genuine Health, we base our ingredient choices on research and results, not hype. We ensure we are choosing the highest quality ingredients through an initial selection process involving a battery of tests, and then we ensure this quality is maintained by our on-going testing. This applies to all ingredients – whether they come from Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, USA, or anywhere in the world.
• On top of our own Quality Control processes, there have been strict Canadian government policies put into place since the nuclear accident in Japan. Both Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency have made it a requirement that any raw material coming into Canada from Japan be accompanied by a Certificate of Analysis that verifies that it has been tested for radiation. Products will not be allowed entry into Canada without acceptable documentation verifying their safety. On top of this, please note the Chlorella facility is over 2,000km away from the site of the nuclear accident and has been measuring local radiation levels daily without issue. As for heavy metals, the established limits have not changed as a result of the nuclear accident. That is, the same specifications for the ingredient prior are required now in order for us to accept the ingredient. Note heavy metals are checked before an ingredient is accepted for use in our products, and the entire formula is tested again at the finished product level. Any ingredient or product that does not meet the requirements will not be released for sale.
How is the organic spirulina made: The organic spirulina we use in greens+ O is grown in large, multi-acre, open air, fresh water ponds. Because of the large surface area required to grow spirulina (and chlorella), fresh water open air ponds are utilized for maximum sun exposure and surface area evaporation. This system is different than other carotenoids such as astaxanthin, which are grown in large tubes or spheres. Spirulina requires exposure to air and light in order to grow. A constant flow of fresh water is needed to provide nutrients. How are the open ponds protected from unwanted airborne contamination? Our spirulina is farmed in open ponds in remote areas where pure sunlight, clean air, and cool nights are plentiful. The area surrounding our ponds are mainly organic farms where other organic products are grown thus reducing the potential of herbicide and pesticide cross-contamination. Once the spirulina is transferred from the growing ponds, it goes through a cleaning, filtering and drying process to gently remove any potential contaminants. Then the ingredient is checked that it meets organic certification requirements, certified and shipped. What other products are grown at the spirulina facility? Only spirulina and chlorella.
For more information on our testing please read http://www.genuinehealth.com/genuine-health-heavy-metal-testing/#.U6BsaPldWao
Please let us know if you have any further questions.
Yours in Health & Happiness,
Genuine Health Customer Service