An important step in our 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 more than 25 years with some of the most potent toxins known, and is recognized internationally for tests he has developed that allow scientists to detect extremely low levels of natural toxins in foods, plant and animal tissues, and 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
immuno-absorbent 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.
E3Live's Aphanizomenon flos-aquae products test as non-detectable or less than 1 part per million for toxin.
We have a certificate on file for every batch of algae that is processed and bottled.
We are frequently asked about water quality and testing that we do as a harvester of Aphanizomenon flos-aquae coming from Upper Klamath Lake located in Southern Oregon. Below is information to address these concerns.
The water quality of Klamath Lake is monitored by state and federal agencies including U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife. These results are a matter of public record.
As a harvester and supplier of AFA blue green algae, we monitor water quality throughout the year. First, we have access to test results from Federal and State agencies, and during our harvest season we perform heavy metals and pesticide residue tests on the water and in our products. We use standards and guidelines that are set for drinking water. This is done by approved independent laboratories specializing in food and water quality.
At our harvest site, we use all food grade equipment, and stainless steel cooling tanks.
During harvesting, we immediately chill the algae to preserve the chlorophyll and nutritional content. We immediately filter the algae to remove everything but the Aphanizomenon flos-aquae, thus ensuring a pure product.
This all takes place before we transport the algae to our land-based site for transport to the freezers.
Our AFA products are tested for standard food safety. We do aerobic plate counts checking for bacteria, and we also 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 Dept. of Agriculture, which we must meet for basic food safety. We meet and exceed all of these standards.
We test for toxins of
E3Live's Aphanizomenon flos-aquae products. The standard tests are Mycrocycstis, Anatoxin, Saxotoxin and Neurotoxin. The Dept. of Agriculture and the FDA have set allowable limits, and we must fall below these levels. We meet and exceed all of the limits.
Independent laboratories specializing in food safety and algal toxins perform both our basic food safety and our toxin testing. We work with the top experts in the world to ensure that we bring you only the best and purest AFA algae.
W. R. Beck
Distributor Services Manager