Oregano contaminated with pyrrolizidine alkaloids
has increased greatly. In collaboration with our farmers, we pay great attention to this topic ...
... everything starts in the field.
In organic fields, the weeds are weeded and not removed with pesticides as is usual. And these weeds can contain PAs.
It is up to the grower to identify weeds in good time that are native to their growing region and to weed them meticulously at the right time before harvest. This is manual work.
It can therefore happen that an entire field of herbs or spices is contaminated with PAs through individual PA plants that have been accidentally harvested.
The harvested crop also needs to be selected again before further processing and drying, the famous needle in the haystack must be found!
From now on it will no longer be possible to sell the herbs without expensive PA analysis - often difficult to cope with for small farmers and small businesses.
The customer expects constant prices despite the considerable additional work involved in cultivation, further processing and the necessary expensive PA analyzes ...
... that needs to be reconsidered.
You can find more information on this linked page:
Association of the Spice Industry eV