Showing posts with label safety tests. Show all posts
Showing posts with label safety tests. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Quality Control is important for a Food Manufacturing plant

Food safety is very important to food manufacturers.

Any careless in raw materials, production or packaging may endanger human health.
Since inception, E.Excel has always placed great emphasis on food safety
Let's see below for steps and measures E.Excel has taken to commit to your safety.

Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) which is a basic and stringent guideline for all pharmaceutical (drug) companies to comply to in order to begin production. It emphasizes product quality, hygiene and safety during production processes. However, it is not required for food manufacturers.

E.Excel manufacturing plants are proud to announce that they have obtained GMP certification to maintain their high quality and safety for 30 years.

Multiple safety tests are also conducted.

1. Comprehensive Microorganism Tests (Bacteria E.coli, Salmonella spp, Yeast & Mold etc) on raw materials, production processes and finished products to ensure product safety.

2. Heavy Metals Tests (Mercury, Copper, Arsenic, Lead, Cadmium) to ensure products are free from these harmful component contamination.

3. Pesticides Tests on raw materials to ensure crops are not polluted by pesticides in water used for irrigation or from neighbouring farms.

4. Poison Tests on 1822 different types of poisons including narcotics (eg. cocaine), steroid drugs (eg. cortision), banned drugs (eg. Fenfluramine) and human growth hormones.

5. Microscopic Test on raw materials for foreign objects like dust, hair, wires.

6. Finished Product Testing to detect accurately objects like metals, glass, plastics, stones, hairs in the products.

7. Stability Testing on finished products to ensure a product's quality does not change during the validity period stated on the product's label.

Additional unique specific tests are also conducted for certain products.

1. Gene modification tests conducted on Soy. Besides organic ingredient, E.Excel uses only non-genetically modified soy that is high in protein.

2. Antibiotics Tests done on all honey, royal jelly and pollen to ensure no presence of antiobiotics before use in production.

3. Caffeine Tests on Aromantic and triflora for caffeine content of green tea leaves to ensure green tea leaves selected are of lowest levels of caffeine.

4. Melamine Tests. E.Excel is proud to announce that melamine has never been detected in E.Excel products.

5. E.Excel processes ginseng immediately after harvest and hence does not go through sulfur-smoke process which will cause serious harm to health.

6. Careful selection of packaging material to meet international safety standards.

Safe and Clean Production Environment based on the below aspects to prevent contamination of raw materials, production processes and packaging to ensure product safety.

1. Humidity
2. Dust
3. Temperature
4. Bacteria
5. Water
6. Automated Production

I appreciated a lot the effort E.Excel has put in to ensure product quality and safety after watching it especially my previous job background was from pharmaceutical plant design line. 

E.Excel always places product quality as top priority. The product quality control is of highest standards. 

  • They constantly consult own professional research team, scientists, university professors and experienced experts from various industries for the product reliability and safety.
  • They also have in-house lab in every manufacturing plant (Singapore, California, Utah in US & Shanghai) to do the product quality testings.
  • In order to fulfil the principle of Nutritional Immunology, E.Excel has invested heavily on research, ingredients and production.
  • E.Excel takes pride in its clean record in product safety for 30 years since 1987. 

Hence, you can always rest assured in its continued efforts to keep the products safe and hygienic so that you and your loved ones can enjoy the wholesome goodness of Nutritional Immunology products!! =)

Best Regards, 
Nutritional Immunology Consultant
+65-9090 9942 


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Chemicals in the Baby Wipes

It's so disheartening to read this article. My girl had a bad rash earlier. We suspected it's the baby wipes that caused her buttocks to turn very red and she kept crying and crying when we changed to another baby wipes of different brand. Ever since that incident, we don't use baby wipes anymore. We use tap water to cleanse her buttocks.

The horrific damage BABY WIPES can do to children's skin: Chemical in the wipes can cause an itchy red rash

  • Methylisothiazolinon (MI), a preservative, can cause allergic reactions
  • Researchers suggest parents only use baby wipes when they are travelling
  • They say that at home it is safer to use paper towels with water
  • MI has been blamed for a massive rise in dangerous allergic reactions caused by a huge range of beauty products

Baby wipes make some children come out in painful, red rashes, new research suggests.
A chemical preservative called methylisothiazolinone (MI) in the wipes causes an allergic reaction in some children, researchers found.
The chemical has been blamed for a massive rise in dangerous allergic reactions caused by a huge range of beauty products.
Until now, no cases of allergic reactions to wet wipes had been reported in the U.S., but the study authors think this could be due to the reactions being misdiagnosed as other conditions, such as eczema.

‘I think it may be more common than people realise,’ Dr Mary Wu Chang, an associate professor of dermatology and paediatrics at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, told NBC News.
Scientists at the school of medicine studied six children with severe rashes.
The first child was a girl who had a rash on her face and her buttocks.
The eight-year-old had already been treated with antibiotics and steroids but after each treatment, the rash reappeared.
The scientists suspected that she might be suffering from an allergic reaction so asked her mother what she used to clean her.
The girl’s mother explained that she used wet wipes to clean her daughter’s mouth and buttocks.
Dr Chang had recently read a report about a Belgian man who was allergic to the MI in baby wipes.
She tested the child for an allergy and the results were positive.

Unsurprisingly, when the girl’s mother then stopped using baby wipes, her rashes disappeared.
During the following two years, five more children were brought to the medical centre with similar rashes.
In each case, the rash disappeared as soon as the children were no longer cleaned with baby wipes.
Despite the discovery, Dr Chang does not believe parents should stop using baby wipes.
She told NBC News: ‘They’re so convenient. I have three kids, so I know how hard it is to do the changes, especially when you’re travelling.
‘But maybe when you’re at home, it would be better to use a gentle cleanser and water. That way you minimise exposure.’
Dr Robin Gehris, from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre, says the number of children suffering from these reactions is increasing.
She believes this could be because the amount of MI in baby wipes has been increased.
As a result, she also suggests parents avoid using them except when they are travelling.
She says that at home it is better to use wet paper towels.
Baby wipes are not the only product to contain MI.
Cosmetic giant Johnson & Johnson says it is so concerned, it is taking the chemical out of its best-selling Piz Buin sun cream and other products.
Molton Brown is doing the same and big brands such as Nivea, L’Oreal, Clarins and Sanctuary are under pressure to take action as doctors say adverse reactions to the chemical have reached ‘epidemic proportions’.
Skin experts say manufacturers should urgently remove the chemical from products that are left on the skin. It can cause rashes, lumps, blisters, itchy eyes and facial swelling.
In one case, a woman’s head and face swelled up so much that doctors feared she would have trouble breathing without urgent treatment.
In another, a British holidaymaker’s skin became so inflamed that she spent two days in a Spanish hospital and needed steroids and antihistamines to calm the allergic reaction.
MI is a preservative designed to extend shelf life, and has no useful properties for users of the products.
Experts say the scale of the allergic reactions to the chemical, which has been used increasingly since 2005, is alarming.
Dermatologists expect an allergic reaction to a cosmetic product of one or two per cent, but clinics say the rate for MI has been more than 10 per cent.
Leading dermatologist Dr Ian White, from St Thomas’ Hospital in London, said: ‘The frequency of reactions to MI is unprecedented in my experience.
'We’ve never seen anything quite like it. Contact allergy to this permitted preservative is now of epidemic proportions. Immediate action needs to be taken by industry.’

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In fact, many products contain chemicals that have not been fully tested for safety. Scientists do not know the effects of long term exposure to many of these chemicals on the human body.

We usually think that the safety of the things that we apply on our skin may not be as important as that of the food we eat. This is not true. In fact, we should take more note on what we apply on our skin. Why?
The food we eat goes through the stomach in which gastric acids help to kill the germ. However, the substances we breath in or absorbed thru the skin GO DIRECTLY into the BLOODSTREAM. The thinner the skin, the less effective it is at keeping out substances that cause irritation. Elderly people and young children have thinner and more sensitive skin. Substances of molecular weight of 400 and below penetrate more easily into skin and could have serious effects if harmful.

Many toxic chemicals accumulate in human fat tissue. Residual toxins present in the mother are passed to the child in her milk during breastfeeding. The fact that small children lack detoxification enzymes in the liver makes this even worse.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) released the results of a two-year study that found up to 232 different industrial chemicals in the cord blood of 10 babies who were exposed to the substance while still in the womb.

This study tested for chemicals found in nearly every American household. The findings represented the first reported detections in American newborns for 21 contaminants. Among them are Bisphenol A (BPA), Tetrabromobisphenol A(TBBPA), Perflurobutanoic acid (PFBA, or C4) which are linked to cancer, birth defects, infertility and so on.

Just to share, I choose to use E.Excel Elemente baby series for my baby as I know the products have gone thru the toxicity tests under MSDS test requirements. So far it has been good for my 2 month old baby. :)