TruGanic™ is a quality standard for sourcing and production that goes significantly beyond the organic standards. The TruGanic™ standard was created by Dr. Jameth Sheridan, Doctor of Holistic Medicine (D.H.M.), of HealthForce Nutritionals to verify absolute purity.
“Organic” agriculture began in the early 1970s as a loosely defined grass roots style of agriculture that did NOT involve the use of any chemical pesticides, herbicides, or synthetic chemicals of any kind, either during or after the growing process. Over the ensuing years, organically grown and processed products became so popular that, in 1990, the U.S. Congress passed the Organic Foods Production Act to establish national standards governing the growing and marketing of foods labeled as “Organic.” The Act authorized a new USDA National Organic Program (NOP) to set national standards for the production, handling, and processing of organically grown agricultural products. Producers and growers who meet standards set by the NOP may label their products as “USDA Certified Organic.” The USDA Consumer Brochure states:
“Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation…. Companies that handle…organic food before it gets to your local supermarket or restaurant must be certified, too.”
The USDA National Organics Standards Board now mandates annual inspections of the 30,000-plus certified organic farms and processing facilities around the world by USDA accredited certifying agents to ensure that they are following organic practices. As of January 1, 2013, certifiers must perform pesticide residue testing on a minimum of 5% of their certified operations. With current organic standards, organically grown food may contain up to 5% of the EPA tolerance for a given pesticide. As the 1995 NOSB definition of organics states:
“Organic agriculture practices cannot ensure that products are completely free of residues; however, methods are used to minimize pollution from air, soil and water.”
While HealthForce TOTALLY resonates with the INTENTIONS of USDA organic, and is grateful for all the hard work of those that have lobbied Congress to keep the standards strong, we are somewhat disappointed that the number of allowable chemical compounds in organic foods seems to increase every year. We recognize that USDA certified organic is a step in the right direction, but we want to do better.
TruGanic™ verifies its stricter standard with mandatory testing.
All our TruGanic™ products must pass periodic tests to verify they are:
- 100% pesticide free, insecticide free, and herbicide free. Defined as ZERO detectable.
- 100% GMO free. Defined as ZERO GMO detectable.
- 100% irradiation free. Defined as ZERO detectable.
TruGanic™ sourcing is an endeavor to find the purest and most potent ingredients available, with the smallest carbon footprint and the most eco-friendly growing practices as possible. We source and grow local for as many things as possible. However, the complexity of our formulas involves sourcing from all over the world. All TruGanic™ sourced ingredients are either certified organic, wildcrafted, or naturally grown, without pesticides/herbicides. Some fluctuate seasonally between certified organic and wildcrafted. Before we work with any supplier, all ingredients from the supplier must be “TruGanic™ validated” by passing lab tests for contaminants, or they are rejected. Over the years since we began our TruGanic™ program, we have discovered many certified organic ingredients that contain significant levels of irradiation, GMOs, pesticides, and other undesirable elements.
Verification as Determining Factor in Sourcing
HealthForce is committed to choosing raw materials with the highest levels of purity and beneficial nutrients. To achieve this goal, we use a combination of sustainably grown, wildcrafted, and naturally grown materials. In some cases, we are able to source wildcrafted and/or naturally grown materials that are not USDA Certified Organic, but test 100% free of pesticides, herbicides and GMOs, and actually provide a HIGHER level of nutritional density and/or therapeutic potency than their certified organic counterparts. Since we are committed to the highest levels of purity and potency in our products, this commitment requires that we VERIFY the purity of an ingredient through actual testing, and also that we “look outside the box” for ingredients with the greatest nutritional potency, as is often the case with wildcrafted vs. cultivated organic. Anything less we would consider unethical, and a disservice to our loyal consumers who are looking for the cleanest and the best products possible.
The HealthForce production facility is NSF certified, and FDA cGMP (21 CFR part 111) compliant. A pure, clean facility and high-quality production process is absolutely foundational to our philosophy and practice. TruGanic™ production standards represent our absolute commitment to not only fulfill FDA Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) In manufacturing, packaging, and labeling our supplements, but also to exceed them.
For example, the FDA cGMP standards allow the use of regular insecticides and other chemicals to control pests in the production environment, as long as a log is filled out stating that the product was protected from being sprayed. But what about the air? What about the residue? HealthForce uses non-deadly ultrasonic pest raiders and essential oils for 100% effective pest control. We would never use chemicals. We constantly aspire to improve our production process and make our production facility “Best in the Industry” in order to match our “Best in the Industry” products.