Purity Test Results: Double Protein Oats

Allergy & Gluten

Composite test of Oats, Apple Cranberry Muesli, Cinnamon Twist Muesli, Pure Protein

Valid For All Batches with Best Buy Date Through 2024: 

Allergen TestedResults
GlutenNo measurable amount
PeanutNo measurable amount
MilkNo measurable amount
SoyNo measurable amount

Why do we test for gluten and not other allergens?

ZEGO’s bagged products are made in a facility that does not allow any of the top 14 allergens in its facility, and we are careful to source our ingredients from trusted suppliers that do not have allergens in their facility. See our latest report for gluten here.

With these conditions, it’s highly unlikely allergen cross-contact would happen. For gluten, however, sometimes cross-contact happens in the field. That is why we do extra gluten testing. We are the ONLY company providing this extra level of safety and transparency for consumers. We hope you will email other gluten-free companies you buy from and ask them to start doing the same.

How does ZEGO decide what to test for?

Because the cost of testing adds up and eventually gets captured in the price to the consumer, we do a risk analysis for allergens, gluten, and heavy metals. If there have been historical problems with contamination for the ingredients we are using, we test. For example, we test our oats for gluten but not for allergens. We test for heavy metals in our oats and protein but not our fruit bars because they are made in the U.S. (arsenic and lead contamination in fruit juice are more likely to be a problem in fruit processed and/or grown in China). We test for glyphosate with all our products because it is widely used but only test for paraquat on our oats as it is less likely to be used on crops like orchard fruit.

Explanation of Allergen Test Results

The lowest measurable amount for allergens is 2.5PPM, for gluten 5PPM. Amounts lower than those levels cannot be detected. All tests have a 95% confidence level and are performed by the Food Allergy Research and Resource Project (FARRP), based at the University of NebraskaThe U.S. FDA does not have definitions or threshold values for “allergy-free” or for labeling requirements of cross-contact.

What are the lowest levels of PPM that are known to cause a reaction?

It varies depending on the allergen and on the person. The FDA has determined the lowest level at which a reaction has been seen in clinical trials to be the following.

  • Tree nuts: between 0.02-7.5 mg protein.
  • Dairy:  between 0.36-3.6 mg protein.
  • Sesame:  between 0.25-10 mg protein.

Glyphosate

Composite test of six lots of ZEGO Double Protein Oats run May 2022.

Chemical NameResults
GlyphosateNo measurable amount

Click here to view the lab report from May 2022 for our Double Protein Oats. These are relevant for by dates through 2024.

Why does ZEGO test for glyphosate?

We believe our customers have a right to know what is in their food, even if we are not required to list it on the label, and even if the chemical has not been proven to cause health problems yet. Though we cannot test for every chemical used in agriculture, glyphosate is the most common herbicide and testing for it can serve as a proxy for ensuring the ingredients we purchase truly are organic and/or non-GMO. We believe all companies should be testing periodically for glyphosate and try to minimize it in their products.

The lowest measurable amount for glyphosate is 0.001PPM. Amounts lower than that level cannot be detected. All tests are performed by AGQ Labs & Technological Services.

What are the lowest levels of PPM that could result in negative health consequences?

Glyphosate is different from allergen testing. Whereas a person with an extreme tree nut allergy could react to .02mg of protein, glyphosate exposure is not known to cause reactions with individual exposure of small amounts. The concern most often cited is with prolonged exposure to larger amounts.

Chemicals

For your convenience, we have summarized the report to include the most common chemicals found in food. To view the entire lab report for the panel of over 400 chemicals we tested for products with best by dates through Nov. 2023, click here. The Paraquat test is a separate test and that lab report can be seen here.

Chemical Name:Results:
ChlorpyrifosNo measurable amount
MalathionNo measurable amount
DDTNo measurable amount
DieldrinNo measurable amount
EndosulfanNo measurable amount
ParaquatNo measurable amount

Why does ZEGO test for 400+ Chemicals?

We believe our customers have a right to know what is in their food, even if we are not required to list it on the label, and even if the chemical has not been proven to cause health problems yet. Though we cannot test for every chemical used in agriculture, we are currently testing for the 400 most common chemicals, pesticides, and herbicides.  Testing for these chemicals can serve as a proxy for ensuring the ingredients we purchase truly are organic and/or non-GMO. We believe all companies should be testing periodically for chemicals and try to minimize them in their products.

Even though our Double Protein Oats are organic, contamination can occur despite the farm’s best efforts to keep their crops clean, which is why we are testing for the 400 most common chemicals used or found in agriculture.

We will be conducting this test once per harvest and will update this page each time a new test is performed.  We want you to have the power in deciding what foods to feed your family, which is why we are publishing the results.

Heavy Metals

Heavy Metal TestedResults
Arsenic0.017PPM
LeadNo measurable amount <0.01PPM
CadmiumNo measurable amount <0.01PPM
MercuryNo measurable amount <0.01PPM

Why does ZEGO test for heavy metals in oats?

Though we buy our oats from U.S. farms that are far from mining or industrial activity, there are several reasons to check heavy metal levels in oats. First, oats are sometimes grown on farms that have roads and interstates going through them. The leaded gasoline that was used for decades resulted in the lead being deposited on the soil through the car exhaust.

Second, some plants are more likely to pull in certain nutrients and metals than others. And oats and other grains historically have had elevated cadmium levels. It’s not just grains that are of concern, but vegetables, nuts, starchy roots/potatoes, seed oils, and meat. In fact, vegetarians are exposed to more cadmium than meat-eaters.

Here are our results from our May 2022 tests for raw oats.

Ochratoxin

Test date: May 2022.

Result: No Measurable Amount.

Why does ZEGO test for Ochratoxin?

Ochratoxin is a mycotoxin (like Alfatoxins) created by the fungus Aspergillus and a common problem in oats and other grains. Mycotoxins at high levels are a significant cause of variety of cancers worldwide and acute ochratoxin poisoning can cause liver failure and death.

The hulls on our raw oats are very loose, and they naturally fall off during harvest. As a result, our oat grains have less chance of dangerous fungal growth due to moisture trapped between the grain and hull.

Lab & Test Information

The lowest measurable amount we can test for is 0.01PPM. Amounts lower than that level cannot be detected. All tests are performed by AGQ Labs & Technological Services.

Questions?

Still, have questions? Please feel free to email us at info@zegosnacks.com with any questions you have.

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