The Foundation: Quality Raw Materials
At Kan Herb Company, quality starts at the source.
We stand apart as one of the few companies that inspect, validate
and test all raw herbal ingredients (herbs in whole form) in the
United States before manufacturing begins. Kan Herb Company uses premium grade,
sulfur-free, fresh wild crafted and organically grown herbs whenever
possible. Ingredients that have been fumigated, sulfur-packed, or
listed as endangered species are rejected.
- Upon arrival at our facility in Northern California,
all herbs are inspected by herbal consultants licensed in Traditional
Chinese Medicine, for freshness, quality, and proper genus and
species, using traditional organoleptic methods. The herbs' size,
shape, aroma, taste, and texture are examined for the purpose
of identification as well as quality.
- Additionally, herbs are analyzed and referenced
against an extensive database, developed by Kan Herb Company over the past
ten years. This database holds detailed specification sheets describing
the physical characteristics and quality markers of more than
300 Chinese herbs, as well as samples of each.
- Inferior quality herbs, adulterations, or substitutions
are identified and rejected.
Herbs processed in China are sometimes
preserved with sulfur to give them the appearance of freshness.
As a result, herbs may contain unacceptable levels of sulfites.
At Kan Herb Company, our first concern is safety, and we
make every effort to ensure that our herbs are sulfite-free.
Testing for Safety
Once the herbs have passed the initial
quality control requirements, a proportional sample is sent for
testing for heavy metals, over 250 types of pesticide residues,
and microbiological contaminants. We ensure that our products are free
of any herb that may contain aristolochic acid.
Kan Herb Company complies to, and exceeds, the
most stringent safety standards in the industry, as set by California,
the leader in the alternative health and environmental arenas. Our
safety limits meet or exceed United States Pharmacopeia's (USP)
recommended limits for heavy metals, total bacterial count, yeast,
mold, E. Coli, Salmonella and Staphylococcus.
All testing and validation is conducted in the United States by
independent, FDA recognized laboratories, following published methodologies.
The newest technologies are employed, providing a high level of
sensitivity for any desired marker, and a highly accurate representation
of activity. This ensures that all of our tests meet modern standards,
are unbiased, comprehensive, accurate, and available in reports
that are easy to understand. Thanks to the rigorous testing of each
herbal ingredient, our customers are assured that Kan Herb's proprietary
products are composed of the highest quality medicinal materials,
making them as safe as possible.