From the seed in the ground to the finished drum of botanical extract, ANC’s ingredients follow a strict paper trail to ensure
quality, safety & purity.
Traceability is a risk-management tool employed by ANC, which allows food business operators or authorities to withdraw or recall products which have been identified as unsafe. It is a cornerstone of food safety policy at ANC and is routinely implemented alongside proper testing and documentation to ensure that no unsafe products can escape scrutiny.
Food safety has been a growing concern all over the world. Outbreaks of disease in animals that could be transmitted to humans, or the presence of chemicals above acceptable limits in feed and food, can threaten both the quality and safety. This has been especially true as globalization allows world trade of goods. In contrast to taking months or weeks to reach its destination, it now only takes a day or two from where it is produced to where it is utilized – even in distant places around the globe. This has benefited the consumer with reduced prices from increased competition, as well as a wide variety of products to choose from.
However, these benefits brings about the increased risk of contamination. Due to the enormous volumes being shipped, it is hard to inspect and track all shipments. As a result ANC implemented the Enhanced Traceability Program, in addition to the continuous improvement of our standard quality assurance. Improved comprehensive product testing of food, dietary supplements, pharmaceutical and cosmetic products is conducted to make sure no adulterants, microbial contaminants, or toxins are left undetected. Toxins may include heavy metals, fungal mycotoxins, pesticides, herbicides, industrial contaminants, allergens, radiolytic byproducts from irradiation, and radioactive materials.
It is vital for the manufacturer to possess the knowledge as to which types of contaminants have the greatest probability of contaminating a specific product. This is determined by where the product is manufactured, by the source of inputs, the process details involved, and the shipping/distribution points. This also brings up the importance of security for product and shipping facilities, since industrial sabotage and terrorist activity may also be a concern.
Finally, another important area to ensure food safety is to improve sustainability of production for various foods/herbal plant sources. When the supply of an agricultural raw material cannot keep up with the demand, or the production is threatened by adverse weather and climate changes, this increases the risk of adulteration to make up for shortfalls and substandard raw materials of questionable quality may be used. Helping farmers understand the issues of soil conservation, crop rotation, integrated pesticide management, and organic crop production, can help ensure production sustainability and improved quality of supply.