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Friday, June 7, 2013

Organic Moringa Powder: The Real Truth.....Lies and Deception



I get at least four calls a week on where to buy organic Moringa powder. The caller is adamant that organic certified Moringa powder is safe and free from  unsafe ingredients and contamination.  I have written several blogs on this subject, but I guess it is time for another one.

Your perception of the safety and purity of organic Moringa is misguided. This is just the truth.  Here is evidence that illustrate this deception. I am presenting an order received by my company when I was first in business placed in 2010-2011 that came from India pre-packaged as organic certified.  I had purchased it because of the many customers who called  wanting organic certified. It was this quest to better satisfy my customers that cost me much money and many wasted months. Two shipments, one right after the other,  almost destroyed my new business. Looking back, the destruction of that shipment saved my business in the long run.  The FDA and its lab kept me from selling a product I thought was safe but was not. In my inexperience, I relied on the organic certified paperwork and reputation from another country. It could of cost me much, much more. Again this shipment was tested and bottled in India. It was organic certified. How many companies investigate through Europe the organic certificate they are relying on for that product?

1st Organic Certified Shipment Attempt:  

Located a producer who had been selling his product in Europe for several years. He sent me his organic certificate as requested. He was a member of Manta and two other organizations. He had a website published.  I did not check it out further. I sent him nearly $600.00.  He had been very good with emails until I paid him.  After no response on shipment of the product, I became worried.  I took the certification number and contacted the government organization who issued the certificate to see what I could do.  I got the disturbing news that the certificate was not his but belonged to another companies.  He had stolen it, then changed the name of the real company to his name, then sent that certificate out to customers. He had been using this fraudulent certificate for several years.  It happened that another big German company and myself both did not receive our orders.  They issued a warrant against him but could never get him into court on the charges. He disappeared during the investigation. He is still listed in Manta as a business. He may have come back into the  business world using a different company name. He is a crook still doing business in India. I never got my money returned.  So unless you investigate the organic certificate they send you, you won't know if it is legal or not. 

2nd Organic Certified Shipment Attempt:

I investigated this company through the government agency who issued the certificate. The company and organic certificate was legal . The head of the organic government agency assured me they were a good company and that the product was quality. I borrowed money to fund this order from family. I ordered $600.00 worth of Moringa powder in packages and in caps. I was really positive.  The order came into the port of San Diego.  Something about the packaging sent a red flag to customs so they tagged it for 'intense investigation'.

This meant that they take samples of the product and sent it in to a lab.  While they do this the shipment in held by a holding company. After two days, you are charged $40.00 a day.   After a week, they temporarily released it.  That meant  I could take the shipment home but not sell it until the FDA lab tests came in to clear it for sale.  It took several weeks for the tests to come back.   The shipment was contaminated and refused. I had to take it back to customs to be either destroyed or sent back under the supervision of Customs. They charge you to do either and you have no choice but to expend more money on a shipment that was refused entry.  I was devastated. I did not sell product again until 2013 because I could not find a good source where I knew for sure I was selling quality product. 

The original hold notice from the FDA is published at the end of this blog:  In case you don't want to read the whole notice, here is what the FDA lab found in this shipment of pre-packaged organic certified Moringa Oleifera powder: 

Actual charge: 501(a)(1) Filth findings: sample was found to contain over 1800 insect fragments in six subs examined for an average of 300 insect fragments per sub.  One sub also contained 3 rat/mouse hair fragments.

The Scary Part of this Story ........

Now the scary part of this story is that this product shipped was ready to resell to customers.

The ONLY reason this contaminated shipment was discovered was because it had label violations.

If the label and packaging had not been questionable, the shipment would not have been examined further. The shipment would have been released to me and I would have sold it.  It was my naive experience that these packages of organic certified product had been tested and were safe to sell.  It was not.

Thousands of shipments go through customs every day and are not checked.  If all the paperwork looks good and the packaging looks legal, they send them right on through. This applies to herbs, spices, and Moringa products. Many companies are located in India or other countries. Their product is bottled in that country under their standards. You are relying on their paperwork to be honest which is questionable. It was a very painful, expensive import lesson. It made me realize my own misguided opinions about organic certified products.

Facts You May Not Know About Organic Certification standards:


USDA organic standards place NO LIMITS on levels of heavy metals contamination of certified organic foods.There is no limit to how much mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic and aluminum is allowed in "organic" products.

There is no limit on the contamination of PCBs, BPA and other synthetic chemicals that's allowed in certified organic foods, super foods and supplements.

Organic certification does nothing to address environmental sources of pollution such as chemtrails, contaminated irrigation water, and fallout from industrial or chemical factories that might be nearby.

A certified organic farmer can use polluted water on their crops and still have the crops labeled "organic."


Organic certificates apply to how the food is grown or produced.  The organic farm must certify that he does not apply pesticides, herbicides, petroleum-based fertilizer, metals or synthetic chemicals on his crops. The soil must be free from these chemicals for a certain time period before the certificate can be granted. They do not test the water that feeds the crops.  They do not test for heavy metals and other chemicals found in the water or the ground.  The farmer is attesting to the facts he does not put those products on his crops. 

The environmental standards of both India and China are very poor. Both these nations suffer from extensive pollution of their air and water resources.

China often uses human waste as fertilizer on their crops.

In India the Ganges River feeds crops for hundreds of miles. It is one of the most polluted rivers in the world with industrial pollution and waste: dead human and animal bodies floating in it: and full of disease organisms of all kinds.   People bathe in this river while dead bodies float by. Check it out, this is all fact.  I would question whether most of the workers in the fields picking your Moringa were tested for TB or health problems. I doubt that there are proper bathroom facilities or places to wash their hands. Remember they bathe in that polluted river. 
  
Here are facts taken from the site,  About India, on the Ganges river in India. The following is a direct quote from their site. Visit the link underlined above to read more on this issue. 
Only 7 of India's 35 states have access to clean water.  You buy your Moringa from India....good luck that it was grown in one of those 7.  

"Ganges River Pollution

The Ganges River Pollution is now at such a high level that the amount of toxins, chemicals and other dangerous bacteria found in the river are now almost 3000 times over the limit suggested by the WHO as 'safe'.

The river directly and indirectly affects the largest population of any river in the world with over more than 420 million people who rely on it for food, water, bathing, and agriculture. And that is not to mention the tens of millions of pilgrims who venture to India's most holy of rivers each year to bathe and worship.


This page contains some graphic images
So with such a massive influence on the local and national population, why is it that the river is so completely and utterly disgusting? </div>

Well this is a question that is asked everyday and to help answer it we first need to take a look at a few facts.  This article quote  is not working well with the blog platform.

Facts about Ganges River Pollution

  • Approximately 1 billion litres of raw, untreated sewage are dumped in the river on a daily basis. The amount has more than doubled in the last 20 years and experts predict another 100% increase in the following 20 years.

  • The rapid explosion of India's population in the last 25 years coupled with lax regulations on industry has put a huge strain on the river.

  • Thousands of bodies are cremated on the banks of the river yearly with many being released into the river with hopes that their souls may have a direct path to heaven.


  • Hundreds Unwanted or 'illegitimate' babies, cattle and other animal carcases are also dumped in the Ganges again with religious significance
 
  • The levels of Coliform bacteria is over 2800 times the level considered safe by the W.H.O (world health organization."
Now you know why I do not sell products from either India or China. 

My Standards for products I sell: 



I do not sell anything grown from India. China is not much better..
I do not sell anything not tested and bottled here in the United States.
The New Sun herbs that I sell have strict, comprehensive testing on all their bulk product. They bottle their own products in the US after extensive testing on each new shipment. 

The labs here in the US have much more oversight than labs in those countries.  Very little Moringa comes from the United States. Most of it is imported. The important thing, no matter where it comes from, is that the product needs to be tested  in the Us for its nutritional value and for E-Coli and other contamination FIRST before being bottled. I know one Moringa seller who imports it in bulk, irradiates it, then bottles it himself.  He complains to me how bad most of the stuff from India is but still buys it that way, because it is so cheap. Do I have proof of what he is doing? No. I only know what he tells me. He is an expert on growing the trees so that is how I know him. What do you think about the quality of that product without testing before it is packaged by him at his office?  I would not buy his product he sells. Mouse parts and insect parts that are ground into bulk product is hard to detect.  Even if it is irradiated, it is still in the product. Only lab tests can detect it.

So Organic certified rice for instance can still contain arsenic. Most of the organic rice raised both here and from China does contain a certain amount of arsenic. This is fact folks. Rice grown in the southern US has more arsenic than the rice grown in China because of cotton that was raised on the fields for years. Rice absorbs arsenic.  The rice with the least arsenic is grown in California.This is an example of one food that is very popular but contains arsenic.

If Moringa is grown with polluted water, then it will take up some of that pollution. Would you want to eat food grown from the Ganges  irrigation water?

The article about India states clearly that 420 million people rely on the Ganges for food, water, bathing and agriculture. "

Agriculture includes crops like herbs, spices, and Moringa trees.

Honduras and Nicaragua have much better environmental conditions for growing anything. Honduras is where our product comes from but is still tested by our lab here in the US. I have to question anyone buying Moringa from India or China, organic certified or not!

Please read the hold notice for the FDA shown below.  You will then know why I am so adamant about this subject.  This is all for this blog today.
Thanks for your support,

Kate Freer, The herbladyisin



Hold Notice On Organic Certified Moringa shipment: 

United States Food and Drug Administration

Notice of FDA Action
Southwest Import District

FDA will not request redelivery for examination or sampling, if the products not released by FDA are moved, following USCS conditional release to a location within the local metropolitan area or to a location approved by the FDA office at the number below.All products in this entry not listed above may proceed without FDA examination.  This notice does not constitute assurance the products involved comply with provisions of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act or other related acts, and does not preclude action should the products later be found violative.
H87-0186115-0
Entry Number:
February 18, 2011
Notice Number:
Date Received: January 28, 2011
Port of Entry:
2501, San Diego, CA
Arrival Date:
January 27, 2011
BRITISH AIRWAYS;
Carrier:
G-9
2
Ferrer Brokers
9840 Via De La Amistad
Suite B
San Diego, CA  92154
Filer:
Broker Box:NATALIA
Attention: Importer of Record: Lona Cathryn Freer, Alpine, CA  91901-5409


HOLD DESIGNATED
Summary of Current Status of Individual Lines
* = Status change since the previous notice.  Read carefully the sections which follow for important information regarding these lines.
@ = Consignee ID Line ACS/FDA
Product Description
Quantity
Current Status
*

001/001
001/002
ORGANIC MORINGA LEAF POWDER
MORINGA LEAF POWDER IN VEGETABLE CAPSULES
60 PK
25 JR
Detained 02-18-2011
Pending FDA Review 02-
18-2011
United States Food and Drug Administration
Notice of FDA Action
Southwest Import District

FDA will not request redelivery for examination or sampling, if the products not released by FDA are moved, following USCS conditional release to a location within the local metropolitan area or to a location approved by the FDA office at the number below.

All products in this entry not listed above may proceed without FDA examination.  This notice does not constitute assurance the products involved comply with provisions of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act or other related acts, and does not preclude action should the products later be found violative.
H87-0186115-0
Entry Number:
February 18, 2011
Notice Number:
Date Received: January 28, 2011
Port of Entry:
2501, San Diego, CA
Arrival Date:
January 27, 2011
BRITISH AIRWAYS;
Carrier:
G-9
2
Ferrer Brokers
9840 Via De La Amistad
Suite B
San Diego, CA  92154
Filer:
Broker Box:
NATALIA
Attention:
Importer of Record: Lona Cathryn Freer, Alpine, CA  91901-5409
Lona Cathryn Freer, Alpine, CA  91901-5409
Consignee:
DETENTION
The following products are subject to refusal pursuant to the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&CA


DETENTION
The following products are subject to refusal pursuant to the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&CA),
Public Health Service Act (PHSA),or other related acts in that they appear to be adulterated, misbranded or
otherwise in violation as indicated below:
Line ACS/FDA
Product Description
Respond By
001/001
ORGANIC MORINGA LEAF
POWDER

March 11, 2011
You have the right to provide oral or written testimony, to the Food & Drug Administration, regarding the
admissibility of the article(s) or the manner in which the article(s) can be brought into compliance.  This testimony must be provided to FDA on or before the dates shown above.
Please direct your response to:
Brett W. Podoski, Compliance Officer (CTNH)
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
9777 Via De La Amistad, Rm. 128
San Diego, CA 92154
(619) 661-3250 ext. 117
(619) 661-3195 (FAX)
BRETT.PODOSKI@FDA.HHS.GOV
Page:
Notice Prepared For:  The District Director, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Notice Prepared By:   CAW
FD&CA Section 501(a)(2)(A), 801(a)(3); ADULTERATION

The article appears to have been prepared, packed or held under insanitary conditions whereby it may have been contaminated with filth, or whereby it may have been rendered injurious to health. 

Actual charge: 501(a)(1) Filth findings: sample was found to contain over 1800 insect fragments in six subs examined for an average of 300 insect fragments per sub.  One sub also contained 3 rat/mouse hair fragments.


FD&CA Section 502(b)(2), 801(a)(3); MISBRANDING
The article is in package form and appears to not have a label containing an accurate statement of the quantity of the contents in terms of weight, measure or numerical count and no variations or exemptions have been prescribed by regs. The quantity of contents statement on the product labeling is listed in grams only and lacks the US customary terms of avoirdupois pounds and ounces.

FD&CA Section 505(a), 801(a)(3); UNAPPROVED NEW DRUG

The article appears to be a new drug without an approved new drug application. Product making drug claims: per website www. murungaproducts.com - prevents 300 diseases, stablizing refer website www. murungaproducts.com - prevents 300 diseases, stablizing effect on blood pressure, and control of glucose levels in diabetes.

( This website was hosted in India where they use herbs and Moringa to prevent disease and health problems. In their website they state health claims. This is a violation in the US. )

The FDA threat against herbalists or anyone speaking out on herbal health:


NOTICE:

I do not sell Moringa products as of Sept, 2016. I am working on a project that demands an unbiased viewpoint. 

If you want to buy from my favorite herb, vitamins, and supplement companies. visit my store here


Thanks, Kate Freer, The Herbladyisin





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