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We do test for all algal toxins including microcystins, BMAA and Benzopyrenes. They are all negative.
Genuine Health uses only a pure spirulina in its greens+ formulas. Pure spirulina does not contain microcrystins. Additionally, the raw material is tested and has always shown as non-detectable (<10 ppb). Health Canada also did some product testing re. microcystins and reported:
A broad sampling and testing of blue-green algal products was recently performed by Health Canada to measure the levels of microcystins in blue-green algal products available on the Canadian market and to determine the level of risk to Canadian consumers. Results of the testing, conducted at three separate laboratories, indicate that no microcystins were detected in blue-green algal products containing only the blue-green algae Spirulina
Here are some FAQs on how our spirulina made: The organic spirulina we use in greens+ O is grown in large, multi-acre, open air, fresh water ponds on a tropical island in South China Sea. 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.
We choose our ingredients based on quality – flavour, texture, amino acid profile, standardization, nutrient content and low heavy metals – not based on its country of origin. What that means is that if the quality of an ingredient doesn't meet our requirements, which are above what the government requires, for things like heavy metals, pesticides, microbes, GMOs and more, then we will not use it no matter where it comes from. Therefore the country where the ingredient comes from can change and it may come from China or other Asian countries if their quality is high enough. Asia’s growing season and landscape offer a consistent supply of certain ingredients . We continuously search for suppliers who can meet our high standards and supply us with a consistent source of quality ingredients and use only these.
To read more about Genuine Health’s procedures on sourcing and testing ingredients including levels of heavy metals please go to http://www.genuinehealth.com/genuine-health-heavy-metal-testing/
Please let us know if you have any further questions, we are happy to help.
Yours in health & happiness,
Genuine Health Customer Support