Quality an Integral part
Emphasis On Qulaity
Being a GMP and ISO certified company, quality is an intrinsic part of our organization. We are devoted to achieve complete customer satisfaction by manufacturing safe and effective Mint Products, Essential Oils, Carrier Oils and Pine Derivatives, which are tested on various quality parameters. Our skilled professionals put their best efforts to make certain that all quality standards are followed during the entire preparation process of products. Strict quality checks are done to ensure the quality of the products. Our analysts thoroughly inspect the products to check that they are in exact formulation and free from any side effects our impurities.
Owing to a quality range of products, we lay our highest focus on attaining maximum satisfaction. For adhering to same, we have preceded all our endeavors towards competitive pricing and on-time deliveries. Apart from this, we have developed long lasting & healthy relationships with our quality conscious clients. We have attained lots of testimonials from our clients based across the globe, which are evidence of the quality of the products that we offer. These are extensively valued by our clients spread across various countries like Indian Subcontinent, East Europe, East Asia, Central America, North Europe, Middle East, South America and South/West Europe.
We have set up a sound infrastructure, which is spread over a spacious area of more than 40,000 sq ft. It is equipped with all the required facilities that are necessary to carry out flawless operations. Besides, we have installed advanced and latest machines at our manufacturing unit to bring forth the purest quality products for our clients. Our in house quality testing lab is equipped with all the required instruments and tools to test the quality of the products for ensuring their effectiveness. Further, we also have a quality testing unit, wherein our products are checked on various parameters to ensure high effectiveness and optimum quality.
Quality from the Farm to You
Before any herbal products are allowed into our facilities, we 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 herb we ordered arrives at our facility, it is immediately quarantined for QC review. At this point, a qualified Quality Control member will extract samples for immediate testing in our laboratory.
A.G. Industries was one of the first herbal products companies to establish and run a full microbial and analytical lab onsite. This allows us to offer complete and sophisticated certificates of analysis.
Our botanicals are analyzed and measured for identity, microbial and physical contaminants. If any material fails to pass our specifications, it is immediately rejected.
In order for us to confirm that our customers are getting the exact species of any herb or spice that we offer, Mountain Rose Herbs performs identity testing on each lot of botanicals. We utilize the following methods: Organoleptic, Macroscopy, and High Performance Thin Layer Chromatography (HPTLC). The method used for testing is reported on the corresponding certificate of analysis.
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 our botanicals.
Our laboratory also utilizes High Performance Thin Layer Chromatography (HPTLC) to help us establish the identity of our botanical products. Each plant has a unique mixture of constituents, and through this method of separating substances of two or more compounds, we are able to create a chromatogram or "fingerprint" to identify a specific herb. These fingerprints are then compared to reference samples in our library to confirm product identity and identify potential adulterants.
Moisture Count Analysis
Using the latest in moisture count technology, we analyze samples of our herbs in a digital moisture analyzer to give us 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, we will refuse it.
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. We sample our materials into petri dishes to isolate and determine total foreign matter. This helps us determine general filth, mammalian excreta, and other unallowable matter. Material that is filthy or having high levels of extraneous matter is rejected.
Mountain Rose Herbs tests for threatening food borne bacteria, mold, and yeast. This is done to ensure the health and safety of our customers.
We test 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. Mountain Rose Herbs participates in AOAC International Laboratory Proficiency Testing Programs to ensure our results are accurate and reliable.
For pesticide and herbicide residues, heavy metals, and sulfites, we perform strategic skip lot testing of our suppliers. 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 sometimes naturally occurring, can be harmful in significant amounts. Mountain Rose Herbs periodically tests its materials for heavy metals using third party laboratories. If a product is tested, results are posted on the corresponding COA.
Because of the prominence of spraying imported herbs with sulfite compounds, Mountain Rose Herbs strategically screens and analyzes materials imported from China for sulfite residues. We will not approve or accept any herb that contains detectable levels of sulfites. This testing is done by a third party lab.