Our Z-CODE Food Safety System

STEP 1: Dedicated Free From Facility

Our manufacturing facility is free of the top 8 allergens and gluten free. We alone use our equipment and it is also free of all grains, sesame, corn, sulfites, lupines, and tapioca.

STEP 2: Carefully Selected Ingredients

We carefully select our organic and non-GMO ingredient suppliers for purity and allergy safety.

STEP 3: Verification by 3rd Party Lab

  • Each batch is tested for allergen and gluten cross contact.

  • Each product line is periodically tested for glyphosate residue.

STEP 4: Transparency by Posting Test Results

We post the results of each product’s testing on our website and link it to the QR code on each package. We call this the Z-Code. On our website, just scroll down this page and click on the product you are interested in to access the relevant results.

What is Glyphosate?

Glyphosate was invented by Monsanto (now owned by Bayer) and is used in products like Round Up. It is the leading chemical herbicide used in the farming industry.

Is Glyphosate a Health Risk?

* Some studies show a correlation between glyphosate exposure and certain cancers, endocrine disruption and celiac-type symptoms.
* Some countries ban or restrict the use of glyphosate altogether. The U.S. EPA has set a safety threshold for glyphosate exposure that is 127X higher than the threshold the California EPA is considering.
* There are approximately 4000 court cases pending against Monsanto/Bayer where the plaintiff claims exposures to the chemical harmed their health.

Can You Avoid Glyphosate?

Companies and farms are not required to measure and report how much glyphosate residue is on their food, like ZEGO does. We encourage you to email companies you buy from and ask them to start testing and reporting for glyphosate and allergens. Still, if you want to minimize your exposure, there are actions you can take.
* Choose organic when you can.
* Avoid GMO crops are more likely to have Roundup/glyphosate used on them, like conventional (not organic) soy, wheat and corn.
* For produce, keep the “dirty dozen” list, which covers many chemicals including glyphosate, on your phone and use it.

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* Glyphosate is the focus of thousands of lawsuits asserting exposure to the chemical is toxic. On August 10, 2018, a San Francisco jury found Monsanto liable for the plaintiffs’ non-Hodgskins lymphoma, which he asserted was caused by exposure to glyphosate in Monsanto’s products. Internal emails revealed during the trail show research not attributed to the company asserting glyphosate’s safety that was edited or ghost-written by Monsanto.
* The World Health Organization recently issued a defense of what it asserts is industry-backed criticism of its declaration of glyphosate being a “probably carcinogenic to humans.”
* After the USDA called off plans to test for the chemical, emails recently uncovered through a FOIA request show the FDA has internal data on glyphosate in foods and the data may be published later this year or early 2019. Reportedly, they had trouble finding wheat, oat and corn-based products that did not contain the chemical.
* The U.S. EPA holds that the chemical is safe if exposure is under 1.1mg daily. That threshold is 127 times higher than the limit proposed by the California EPA.
* Glyphosate has been banned or restricted from use in a number of countries and cities. The middle-to-eastern U.S. has highest glyphosate use.
* Glyphosate has been measured in many samples of rainwater and air in numerous studies.
* Studies suggest glyphosate is correlated with a number of health problems from endocrine disruption to shorter pregnancies and lower birth weight of infants to celiac-type symptoms in fish.

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