Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Why Organic Moringa Is So Hard To Get?

 The Quest For Organic Moringa Products

Last year I went on a quest to supply my customers with organic moringa with certification. The first two companies that maintained they were organic, could not send me proof. If they are certified organic, they will have a certification number to give you. One company did have  a certificate. It looked really great until I paid for the product, but never heard another word. I got mad at the money I had out and began investigating the company directly through the organizations in Europe who grant those certifications. I learned the guy has stolen one from another company, exchanged his name and information, and was giving it out as his own. He was investigated and found operating in fraud. I worked with them to shut him down. That did not get me back my money. It was down the international drain.

More Research but failed admission into the US

I then when back to my research and found Ramona Cos in India. Two sources including the Organic governing body in Europe confirmed their value and legal status. The lab that tested their products backed up the quality of their products. I held my breath and send in money. They sent it but the FDA red flagged it as a unapproved drug and that the labels were unacceptable. The labels gave grams not pounds and ounces. This led to weeks of knowing nothing to finding out there was no way to make the products acceptable to the FDA. There was nothing wrong with the quality, just the details on the label and advertising.

After months of hell, I ended up destroying the product under federal supervision as required. Do it their way or go to court or be put in jail. The whole mess cost me 1000 dollars. Organic standards are so high and fraught with red tape that it takes companies years and many thousands of dollars for approval. It can cost a company up to $50,000 or more to get that organic status. Even once they have the certification, it is difficult to get it through US Customs and FDA inspections without some mark against the package. There are 15 plus pages directly related to label requirements here. One mistake and your package is toast. The costs to correct even a small mistake is months and huge money. Everyone wins but the company who sent the product and the importer.

Most Ads That List Organic Moringa are NOT: 
If they do have true legal organic status, they will show the certification number on the website. In the product listing, it will say organic certified or 100% Organic Moringa.  If it says 100% natural, it does not
mean much. It may be or it may not be. Natural is not organic. You just think it means that. If you are unsure, write the company for their organic certification number. You won't hear back. Organic means that from seed, to soil, to fertilizer, to manufacturer process methods, to bottle is all organic. Without certification, any one of those steps may be very unnatural.  Organic also means it should be tested for bugs, dirt, heavy metals, and rodent hair and droppings. If not, those could be part of the powder you are taking. You won't know. Unless the manufacturing plants in India are inspected on a regular basis, you cannot know how good the product is.

Moringa products attacked by the FDA as an unapproved drug: 

The biggest problem with Moringa is that in India it is used by physicians in the prevention of nutritional disease. It works. Their websites state the many diseases that Moringa is used for.  Guess what that then makes it an illegal unapproved drug.  That is what my package was called on. There is no compliance that will then meet their rules. If you make a claim, you are on their list to go after. It is happening to hundreds of supplement companies, even when there are double blind studies to back up the claims. It is against the law here to tell what your health product is good for. That is the sad reality of herbal medicine here.  So Moringa because of the way the Indian companies advertise their product, sets it up for admission failure here.

I will writing more on this subject in future posts. Signing off, Kate Freer, the Herbaldyisin


  1. I make powder from crushed moringa leaves, and I am wondering how long that powder is good before it starts losing its nutritional value. I noticed as time goes by, the color changes from a rich green to a more brownish green, and the scent fades.

    1. Put your crushed powder into either the freezer or refrigerator in a glass jar to maintain freshness and it will last for a very long time.