Our Quality, Sourcing & Testing

Our Sources

SomaHealth sources only the best and purest ingredients from a very select group of growers and harvesters. These are companies that have decades of experience and impeccable reputations for purity, quality, freshness and effectiveness.

For example, one of our suppliers has been in business since 1975 and exhibits qualities such as:

  1. Certified organic or pesticide-free plant products that are sustainably harvested.
  2. Vibrant, tasty, potent, and consistent herbal goods that exceed customer expectations.
  3. Products that are proven safe through laboratory analysis.

From the moment the herbs are harvested to the time they arrive at the storage facility, they are monitored and logged each step of the way to fulfill the promise of quality. From pre-ship sample screenings, to comprehensive laboratory analysis, a thorough program is completed.

The first criterion for purchasing botanicals is the potential social and environmental impacts of growing, harvesting, and drying herbs. This applies to all botanical goods harvested and produced overseas, as well as right here in the United States.

Quality in the Field

One of our producers currently has more than 14 organic farm operations producing some of the most popular botanicals. They have established relationships with farmers and suppliers who consistently provide quality herbs and spices that meet SomaHealth’s high standards.

Quality from the Farm to You

Before any herbal products are allowed into the facilities, they request a “pre-ship” sample for analysis. This sample is analyzed using organoleptic (sensory) and laboratory methods, and if approved, it is authorized for order.

When the ordered herb arrives, it is immediately quarantined for QC review. At this point, a qualified Quality Control member will extract samples for immediate testing in their laboratory.

Testing

The companies we work with are pioneers in the field. In fact, one of our suppliers was one of the first herbal product companies to establish and run a full microbial and analytical lab onsite which allowed them to offer complete and sophisticated certificates of analysis.

The botanicals are analyzed and measured for identity, microbial and physical contaminants. If any material fails to pass their specifications, it is immediately rejected.

Identity Testing

In order for us to confirm the exact species of any herb or spice, our sourcing companies perform identity testing on each lot of botanicals. The latest methods are utilized: Organoleptic, Macroscopy, and High Performance Thin Layer Chromatography (HPTLC).

Despite all of the advances in analytical technology, the human senses have proven to be irreplaceable in determining a quality product. After all, machines have not yet taken over for the professional wine, food, or cheese critic! Organoleptic testing includes evaluating the color, flavor, texture, aroma, and size of botanicals.

Labs also utilize High Performance Thin Layer Chromatography (HPTLC) to help establish the identity of botanical products. Each plant has a unique mixture of constituents, and through this method of separating substances of two or more compounds, they are able to create a chromatogram or “fingerprint” to identify a specific herb. These fingerprints are then compared to reference samples in a library to confirm product identity and identify potential adulterants.

Moisture Count Analysis

Using the latest in moisture count technology, herb samples are analyzed in a digital moisture analyzer to give a precise measurement of a particular herbs’ moisture count. This is very important because material that is too moist is prone to mold, fungus, and bacterial outbreaks. If an item reads higher than 12% moisture, it is refused.

Macroscopic and Extraneous Analysis

This technique reveals the cellular structure of botanicals to determine identity, adulteration, extraneous matter, and general cleanliness. Current methods include using a 400x zoom stereoscope.

Microbiological Testing

Our suppliers also test for threatening food borne bacteria, mold, and yeast. This is done to ensure the health and safety of customers. Tests are done for: E. coli, Salmonella, Total Aerobic Bacteria, Yeast, Mold, and Coliforms.

Our current specifications for microbial contaminants found in herbal material adheres to the American Herbal Products Association’s (AHPA) guidelines.

The testing methods used include traditional plate systems in conjunction with the Soleris laser system. They participate in AOAC International Laboratory Proficiency Testing Programs to ensure results are accurate and reliable.

Chemical Testing

For pesticide and herbicide residues, heavy metals, and sulfites, strategic skip lot testing is performed. This is based on risk factors such as country of origin, history with vendor, previous test results from vendor, and qualifying a new vendor. Testing is performed by third party laboratories. When a product is tested, it is reported on the corresponding certificate of analysis.

Heavy Metal Testing

Heavy metals (lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium), while naturally occurring; can be harmful if not in a trace quantity. Therefore materials are frequently tested for heavy metals using third party laboratories.

Sulfite Testing

Because of the prominence of spraying imported herbs with sulfite compounds, our sources strategically screen and analyze materials for sulfite residues. Any herb that contains a detectable level of sulfites is neither approved nor accepted.  This testing is done by a third party lab.

Handling

No Irradiation or Sterilization

Our sources are also firmly against the use of the treatment methods irradiation, X-Ray, ozone, Ethylene Oxide, and in many cases steam sterilization. Exposing plant materials to any of these methods can seriously jeopardize the integrity of the plant material.

Temperature Controlled Facility

Facilities are kept at optimal temperatures for the proper storage of herbal products. This ensures the freshness and quality of organic herbal goods from the time they arrive at the facility until they are delivered to your door in our eco-friendly BPA-free stand up resealable pouch.

Fast Product Turnover Rate

All herbs and spices stocked and processed are purchased strategically, so the products arrive in their freshest state, within a short period of time from the harvest.

Freshness Dating

All bulk botanical products that are shipped to us are stamped and labeled with “Packed On” dates so we know how fresh they are.  

Organic, Kosher, and GMP Handling

The trained and qualified staff handles all ingredients with precision and care. All are accurately labeled, true to botanical type, processed under hygienic conditions, and handled with complete professionalism.

Currently in place, are strict protocols surrounding the proper treatment and storage of dried botanicals with every facet of its production monitored and logged. The entire warehouse staff has performed mandatory Organic Handling Training drafted by OTA and recognized by OTCO with the intention of protecting organic handling and processing conditions. In addition to strict organic handling, facilities and staff have been formally introduced and trained to work under cGMP conditions. They are also certified through Earth Kosher Services who conduct quarterly inspections of our facilities.

Monitoring Quality

Within the facilities and day-to-day work schedules, the Quality Control team routinely checks and logs each and every facet within the warehouse and production rooms. These routine checks help monitor and record cleaning schedules, maintain equipment sterilization, perform swab sampling to test for surface cleanliness, and audit for environmental conditions.

The environmental conditions monitored include strict pest control procedures, temperature and humidity controls, and the monitoring of staff and grounds cleanliness. All materials are kept from exposure to light (both natural and artificial), and the warehouse humidity is digitally controlled so that it never exceeds 50% humidity at any time. In addition to this, a temperature controlled facility maintains a yearly temperature average between 68-71 degrees.

Industry Involvement

The Laboratory and Quality Control team works closely with the American Herbal Products Association. Founded in 1982, AHPA is the oldest of the non-profit organizations specializing in service to the herbal industry. It is the voice of the herbal products industry and the recognized leader in representing the botanical trade. With more than 300 members, AHPA’s membership represents the finest growers, processors, manufacturers, and marketers of botanical and herbal products.

Participation in many of the scientific and trade committees hosted by this essential organization is regular. The AHPA committees are responsible for maintaining standards, implementing programs, influencing regulation, and enhancing the scientific protocols within the herbal products industry. All of this work further enhances quality control procedures and helps to promote safe and reliable products and protocols throughout the industry.

Agriculture

“SUSTAINABILITY”- A WAY OF LIFE.

It’s an honor to know that the companies we source from put people, plants, and planet before profit with everything they do: from sourcing organic botanicals, to cleaning up the wetlands and rivers near their facility, to becoming the first zero-waste-certified business in their area and leaving the lightest possible footprint on this Earth.

These companies directly source their products from around the world and process them in-house standing behind them with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Today you have a choice – you can buy mediocre supplements from the many storefronts that have sprung up on the internet, or you can buy the highest quality supplement from a company you can trust.

Statement of Quality

Since superior quality has always been the goal at SomaHealth, we strive to fulfill customers’ expectations for high quality products, by working only with sourcing companies that are on the cutting edge of technology.  Our main supplier continues to upgrade its quality control facilities and processes. With modern equipment and professional personnel, they have made a commitment to continued excellence in product quality.

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