Quality Control and Testing
Certified Organic Herbs
At Banyan Botanicals we are focused on providing our customers with the highest quality Ayurvedic herbs possible. We begin with a firm commitment to certified organic growing and environmentally sustainable harvesting practices. Nearly all of our bulk herbs are USDA certified organically grown. Those that are not certified are organically grown without pesticides and will become certified organic when possible. Banyan is the industry leader in certified organic Ayurvedic herbs, offering the largest selection available.
Superior Quality Control
We have an extensive system for maintaining the highest possible standards for quality control of our herbs. Your health and well-being are our highest priority, and everything we do is managed with that in mind. We employ leading experts in the field of Ayurveda, and we have partnered with reputable laboratories in the U.S. and U.K. to ensure the purity and safety of our herbs.
Testing for botanicals is generally classified into the following four categories: Microbiologicals, Heavy Metals, Pesticides, and Identification.
Banyan requires microbiological testing and certificates of analysis from all of our suppliers for every batch of herbs. Testing is done in either the U.S. or in the U.K. All of our herbs and tablets are tested at third party labs. We do not rely on vendor certificates of analysis for testing data. The herbs are tested for the following:
Total Aerobic Microbial Count
Total combined yeast and molds
Our labs use all appropriate testing methods, contingent upon the criteria being tested. These methods include FDA BAM, AOAC, and USP which are in conformity with the standards specified by the AHPA (American Herbal Products Association). They are as follows:
Total aerobic microbial count 10^7
Total combined yeast and molds 10^5
E. Coli absent in 10 gm
Salmonella absent in 25gm
Staphyococcus aureus absent in 25 gm
Certificates of Analysis (C of A) with test results are available on request for all of our herbs.
We test our herbs and products for arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury using independent U.S. laboratories. All of our products are within the safety guidelines stipulated by the American National Standards Institute/National Sanitation Foundation International Dietary Supplement Standard 173 (ANSI 173). The acceptable limits for daily intake are as follows:
Arsenic content shall not exceed 0.01 milligrams per daily dose (10 micrograms per day)
Cadmium content shall not exceed 0.006 mg/d (6 micrograms per day)
Lead content shall not exceed 0.02 mg/d (20 micrograms per day)
Mercury content shall not exceed 0.002 mg/d (2 micrograms per day)
Banyan’s focus is on being a supplier of certified organic herbs. For an herb to be certified organic the farm must be certified to be free from the use of pesticides, sewage sludge, GMO’s and ionizing radiation. We do spot testing for pesticides in third party labs to ensure the integrity of the organic certification of our partner farms.
Some companies market their herbs as “organic”, but unless they are USDA certified by an accredited certifying agency of the National Organics Program (NOP) they have not been legally validated as organic. The NOP is the gold standard in the United States for certified organic materials. All of our organic herbs and products are USDA certified organic.
Look for certification and the USDA seal on products labeled “organic.” It’s your assurance that the product has been grown and handled without harmful chemicals and pesticides, in accordance with the USDAs strict organic standards.
Banyan uses the industry accepted practice of organoleptic testing for the proper identification of our botanicals. This involves the physical examination of the herbs using the senses of sight, taste, smell and touch. Our staff includes recognized experts in the field of Ayurvedic herb identification. In addition, qualified botanists in India conduct botanical verification of every species grown and also identify the species at the collection point. We use visual identification, microscopic identification (involving checking plant cell structures against pharmacopoeia standards) as well as Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC) and High Performance Layer Chromatography (HPLC) to verify that what we are collecting is actually the correct species. Only on passing these tests do the plants proceed for further cleaning and drying.
Once dry, the herbs are subjected to tests in accordance with the Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia of India. This reveals that the levels of solids, ash content and active ingredients present in the plants actually conform to the recommended reference ranges.
Commitment to Excellence
All of our procedures here at Banyan are in alignment with industry standards and in accordance with the Dietary Supplement Health Education Act (DSHEA) and the FDA’s cGMPs (current Good Manufacturing Practices).
We are continually making improvements to our facility, systems and procedures. Every change we make is structured and characterized to be fully compliant with the USDA’s National Organic Program, ANSI Standard 173, AHPA standards and the cGMPs for Dietary Supplements. We firmly believe that we are well ahead of the industry standards in all of these areas, and we intend to stay ahead.