Oregano has also seen a sharp increase in exposure to pyrrolizidine alkaloids.
In cooperation with our farmers, we pay great attention to this issue...
... everything starts in the field.
In organic fields, the weeds are weeded and not removed with pesticides as usual. And these weeds can contain PA.
It is up to the grower to identify weeds that are native to his growing region and meticulously weed them at the right time before harvest. This is manual work.
Therefore, it can happen that an entire herb or spice field is contaminated with PAs just by a few accidentally harvested PA plants.
The harvested crop also needs to be selected again before further processing and drying; the famous needle in the haystack has to be found!
From now on, it will no longer be possible to sell herbs without expensive PA analysis - often difficult for small farmers and small businesses to cope with.
The customer expects prices to remain the same, despite the considerable additional work involved in cultivation, further processing and the necessary expensive PA analyses...
Further information can be found on this linked page:
Association of the Spice Industry eV