There are a variety of technologies and laboratory test procedures that we perform to ensure quality and safety. Of particular note, juice testing is done on a continuous basis and each package of wheatgrass juice bag contains a 4 digit lot tracking number.
Cleaning The Grass
Due to a variety of factors such as cut-height, a young crop harvest, no local pests and equipment customization we start with exceptionally clean grass. Regardless, we wash it and maintain a strict set of sanitation standard operating procedures (SSOP) which begins with an immersion bath in H2O3.
H2O3 combines water H2O with extra oxygen atoms O2. The oxygen atoms are loosely attached and can easily jump from the wash water into the cells of any unwanted pathogens while leaving the plant completely untouched. Far better than chlorine or other chemical systems which damage the plant and leave behind residue, H2O3 quickly returns to its base components which are simply water and oxygen. To remove any wash water, the grass is also fresh water rinsed with tested well water. The sanitized, cleaned and rinsed grass is dried prior to juicing. This ensures that you get nothing but juice.
Quality Baseline For Chlorophyll
During production, we use a spectrophotomer to ensure that we meet a minimum concentration of chlorophyll. A spectrophotomer measures the transmission and absorbance of light in specific frequency bands. This allows one to target and measure the density of specific elements. There are actually several types of chlorophyll includng chlorophyll A, B, C1, C2, D and F. We do our testing on chlorophyll A as it is the only one directly involved in the process of photosynthesis. You can read more here about chlorophyll at Wikipedia.
Health & Safety
- Water Test (Each Harvest)
- Pathogen Testing (Every Lot)
- ACC (Aerobic Colony Count)
- e.coli (Escherichia Coli)