Purity Test Results: Exceptional Oats
Allergy & Gluten
Composite test of Exceptional Oats, Apple Cranberry Muesli, Cinnamon Twist Muesli, Pure Protein
Test Month/Year: January 2019
|Gluten||No measurable amount|
|Peanut||No measurable amount|
|Milk||No measurable amount|
|Soy||No measurable amount|
Why we test for allergens and gluten?
ZEGOs are made in a facility that does not process any of the top 14 allergens, and we are careful to source our ingredients from trusted suppliers that do not have allergens in their facility.
We take allergen safety very seriously and know that, despite all these precautions, cross contact can still happen. That is why we test every batch for cross contact at the end of the production and post the results for you to see through the QR code on every ZEGO package. We are the ONLY company providing this extra level of information and transparency for consumers. We hope you email other allergy friendly companies you buy from and ask them to start doing the same.
How does ZEGO decide what allergens to test for?
We test for peanut, gluten/wheat, soy, and dairy because these are the most common allergens, and the tests are more reliable for our product. Ingredients and allergens do not have equal testing reliability, so we balance the need for safety with reliability and risk. For example, the almond test is not reliable for our products because our ingredients (sunflower, apple and pear) interfere with testing accuracy. Other tests for less common allergens require a negative sample, making them more expensive and less reliable at the lowest PPM levels that we are focused on. Because the risk is lower for these less common allergens, we do not test for those.
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 Nebraska. The 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.
Test Month/Year: November 2018
|Glyphosate||No measurable amount|
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 in 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.
Click here to view the lab report from November 2018.
The lowest measureable 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 over prolonged exposure to larger amounts.
For your convenience, we have summarized the report to include the most common chemicals found in food. To view the entire report, click here.
Test Month/Year: November 2018
|Chlorpyrifos||No measurable amount|
|Malathion||No measurable amount|
|DDT||No measurable amount|
|Dieldrin||No measurable amount|
|Endosulfan||No 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 it in their products.
The Full Report
Click here to view the full lab report from November 2018 with a list of the 400+ chemicals we tested.
Even though our Exceptional Oats are organic, contamination can occur despite the farms 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 preformed. We want you to have the power in deciding what foods to feed your family, which is why we are publishing the results.
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.
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