Dr. Mel Jackson, SGF's VP science, commented that "full compliance comes, as most will know, with using certified organic stevia leaf but not many will know that the production stages where the clarification of crude extracts occurs and the column chromatography need to be overhauled from existing practices. This is because only organic chemical production and cleaning aids are permitted in the extraction process and must be on the USDA's NOP national list of accepted processing aids. And finally, if ethanol is used, this also must be from a certified organic source.”
SGF has undertaken several years of research to develop innovative processes that overcome these challenges and comply with the USDA NOP regulations.
SGF Organics product line offers the same taste profile as the company's current non-organic Puresse 100, Optesse HPX and Optesse HPS proprietary products.
In addition to creating innovative organic processes, SGF has recently harvested its first full scale commercial, Certified Organic Stevia crop. It has taken several years to develop the technology and protocols to both conform to USDA NOP organic regulations and produce crops that will economically compete on a global scale.
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