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Quality Assurance. Total control from seed to bottle.
The quality and purity of our products are backed by our scientifically trained staff with specialties in chemistry, biology, botany, food science and pharmacognosy. Everything we do to optimize identity, purity and potency is assessed on a national level. Our team is well versed in every aspect of the rigorous process necessary to ensure that what we put in our herbal products is 100% pure, natural and true to the genus and species. So, what the label says is exactly what’s in each product. Always.
Our record speaks for itself.
As a result of all this rigorous testing we have never had a recall or a failed inspection and have a stellar record for compliance. Are we proud of that? You bet. We have always adhered and surpassed every form of testing and inspection by such well-known entities as the FDA, the Department of Agriculture, Oregon Tilth and now Demeter® Certified Biodynamic®.
Quality Control. To be among the finest herbs chosen.
It takes a lot to become one of our herbal supplements. No root, stem, leaf, bud or blossom goes untested. Whether the certified organic or biodynamic plant material comes from our very own farm, or it’s procured from a responsible source elsewhere, it undergoes a series of rigorous authentication tests in our on-site herb lab to confirm identity, purity and potency. Our micro lab tests for E.coli, Salmonella, yeast, mold and aerobic plate count. We also test for aflatoxin, a fungal toxin that can contaminate crops during production, harvest, storage or processing. All of these authentication results are compared to those of validated reference standards in order to ensure proper identification. And, all of this happens before going on to become an herbal supplement.
40,000 sq. ft. of quality control.
Our Central Oregon operation is comprised of certified organic and biodynamic farms, as well as an on-site, state-of-the-art testing capabilities and seed to bottle manufacturing. Our unique hands-on, closed-loop approach gives us maximum control over the identity, quality, potency and safety of all of our ingredients and the process itself, every step of the way. We do not use contract product manufacturers, and only use contract labs when we want to verify results, or want a second opinion. Because of this, we’re able to control the quality at every level. And we have the test results to prove it.
The herb lab. State-of-the-art tools.
Quality Assurance means that we also test for heavy metals, minerals and impurities. We even test the soil, which goes above and beyond USDA certified organic standards. We use numerous state-of-the-art, analytical testing methods in our labs including: Microscopic Analysis, High Performance Liquid Chromotography (HPLC), FT-IR Spectrometer and Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption Spectrometer. Finally, the nose knows. Like fine wine and cheese, smelling and tasting plays a huge role in determining quality and purity. If the plant material passes this final test, often considered the toughest test of all, it gets the green light. Next step, herbal supplements filled with pure goodness.
Pure, whole herbs are the best.
We believe in using only the finest potent herbs for our supplements. Your body really appreciates and knows what to do with whole herbs.
"At OWH, we don't have ANY 'inactive ingredients', other than the capsules themselves in approximately 96% of our capsules," said Joanne Roberts, Head of Research and Development. "All of our products have a full ingredient declaration on the labels. We have eliminated a lot of products that contain any raw materials other than the pure herb, as it is our mission to produce the safest, purest and most effective supplements. I have a lot of experience in this industry - trust me when I say, no one cares about this as much as we do."
The real deal. Handcrafted, literally.
There’s a lot of artisan, handcrafting, small batch milling and fulfilling going on here. Sure, we could add fillers and binders and flowing agents to make the job easier. But then we couldn’t say, “just pure, whole goodness” on the label. So, we do things the hard slow way with love.
Clean as a whistle.
From seed to bottle we adhere to strict Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) in receiving, manufacturing, packaging and labeling all of our products. These standards are more stringent than those for the food industry and have been long-established at Oregon's Wild Harvest. That means a well-trained staff, super clean facilities, regular audits and a very well documented paper trail, should we ever need one. Fortunately, we’ve never had a recall or a failed inspection.
Keeping it pure. How we dry the herbs.
Purity is next to potency in our book. The art and science of plant drying ensures pure dried herbs devoid of microbial yeast, mold and bacteria.
Here’s how it works.
The most potent part of the plant whether it’s the root, stem, bud, leaf or blossom is harvested at just the right time to ensure the highest level of potency. Then it’s whisked away and washed and dried. Moisture and temperature control is key during this time. It’s a lot like Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Too wet and the plant material becomes moldy. Too dry or hot and the activity or potency can become damaged.
Like roasting coffee beans.
Imagine your favorite coffee. Stored in their whole form, coffee beans can sit and wait for up to a couple years while still remaining strong and flavorful. But once ground, the oxidation process begins releasing the wonderful rich aroma we associate with fresh coffee. Herbs are the same way. The drying process takes about 48 hours. Once dry, the plant material is stored in an airtight environment waiting to be blended in alcohol or milled just like coffee beans. Crack open a bottle of capsules and inhale. The fresh aroma is a wonderful reminder of the potency within these amazing herbs.