I think as a Miami resident, I am probably not alone in ordering online health products. With more than five million residents, a large part of us are deeply concerned about toxins, heavy metals and radiation in our foods. So is E3Live, my provider of Blue Green Algae.
As such, I requested testing criteria from one of the suppliers of super-foods I eat daily. The radiation results from December of 2013 are at the end.
Testing procedures and the detection of toxins
An important step in E3Live’s continual testing procedures is the detection of toxins.
Professor Fun Sun Chu is a member and scientific associate of the Food Research Institute and Dept. of Food Microbiology and Toxicology, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison.
Dr. Chu has worked for more than 25 years with some of the most potent toxins known, and is recognized internationally for tests he has developed which allow scientists to detect extremely low levels of natural toxins in foods, plant and animal tissues, as well as environmental samples.
One test that Dr. Chu developed, which is conducted on every batch of algae that is harvested, is an antibody test, specifically a sensitive enzyme-linked immunoabsorbent assay (ELISA) test.
Another test, high-pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC) is also conducted on each batch of algae that is harvested. Every batch of algae must fall BELOW the acceptable established limit, which is set by Oregon State and Federal Dept of Agriculture, and their respective food safety divisions. That limit is less than 1 part per million (ppm); Earth's Essential Elements Aphanizomenon flos-aquae products test as non-detectable or less than 1 part per million for toxin.
Klamath Algae Products have a certificate on file for every batch of algae that is processed and bottled.
They are frequently asked about water quality and testing that they do as a harvester of Aphanizomenon flos-aquae coming from Upper Klamath Lake located in Southern Oregon.
The following is information to address these concerns.
The water quality of Klamath Lake is monitored by state and federal agencies including the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The results are a matter of public record.
As a harvester and supplier of AFA blue green algae, they monitor water quality throughout the year. Firstly, they have access to test results from Federal and State agencies, and during the harvest season they perform heavy metals and pesticide residue tests on the water and in their products.
They use standards and guidelines that are set for drinking water. This is done by approved independent laboratories specializing in food and water quality.
At the harvest site, they use all food grade equipment, and stainless steel cooling tanks. During harvesting, they immediately chill the algae to preserve the chlorophyll and nutritional content. They then immediately filter the algae to remove everything but the Aphanizomenon flos-aquae, thus ensuring a pure product. This all takes place before they transport the algae to a land-based site for transport to the freezers.
AFA products are tested for standard food safety. They do aerobic plate counts checking for bacteria, and test for E.Coli, Coliforms, S. Aureus, Yeast and Molds, and Listeria.
As with all food products, there are standard limits set by FDA and the Dept. of Agriculture, which they must meet for basic food safety. Seemingly, they meet or exceed all of these standards.
The standard tests are Mycrocycstis, Anatoxin, Saxotoxin and Neurotoxin.
Radiation test results from December 2013
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First, let me be clear about radiation of all kinds. There is no safe level in that it is cumulative. However, finding any food without some trace of radiation is near impossible these days. The results from E3Live are impressive, however.
Gamma testing results for Cesium 134, 137 and Iodine 131 came in at less than 0.0010 per million. (<0.0010 Reportable Detection Limit – according to Becquerel, an independent testing agency)
This should apply to all of their extensive line of products. So:
In closing, the finest Blue Green Algae in the world comes from Klamath Lake. E3Live is doing its utmost to ensure the product is quality and safe. You guys rock.
And the rest of you guys and gals stay safe and stay informed.