· By Soar Organics
Setting the Standard: Heavy Metal & Radiation Testing for Matcha
When we started Soar Organics, we knew we wanted to deliver a matcha product our community could trust in consuming everyday. We’re passionate about quality and that’s why we’re happy to invest heavily into third-party testing. As a result, Soar Organics has some of the most stringent third-party testing standards in the entire matcha niche!
To take it one step further, we even share the results openly with our customers! Go ahead and visit any product page on our website and you'll see an icon that says "Certificate of Analysis" with our most updated test results – full transparency!
In this blog we’ll briefly touch on the contaminants we test for and some information on why testing for heavy metals and radiation is so important.
What contaminants do you test for?
As of now Soar Organics is testing for:
- Radiation (Cesium-134, 137 and Iodine-131)
- Heavy Metals (Arsenic, Cadmium, Tin, Lead and Mercury)
- Pesticides (500+)
- Mycotoxins (Aflatoxin B1, B2, G1, G2 and Ochratoxin)
- Microbiology (E Coli, Salmonella)
All testing is done by a third party, Eurofins Labs in Canada & Japan. Rest assured, no contaminants have been detected in any of our matcha or hojicha products. We can sip to that!
What are heavy metals?
Heavy metals are naturally occurring elements that can be found in the environment. While some heavy metals, such as iron and zinc, are essential for our bodies in small amounts, others like lead, cadmium, and arsenic can be toxic even at low levels of exposure.
How can heavy metals contaminate matcha?
Matcha is made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, which absorbs nutrients from the soil. Unfortunately, if the soil is contaminated with heavy metals, the tea leaves can also become contaminated. Additionally, certain agricultural practices, such as the use of contaminated water or fertilizers, can further contribute to heavy metal accumulation in matcha.
Why do you test your matcha for radiation?
Matcha is primarily sourced from Japan, where the Fukushima nuclear disaster occurred in 2011. This catastrophic event released a significant amount of radioactive materials into the surrounding environment, including the soil and water used for tea cultivation.
The good news – Soar Organics matcha is grown in the Uji, Kyoto and Kagoshima regions of Japan. These growing regions are over 700 kilometers away from where the Fukushima disaster took place, and as further supported by our product testing certificates, there are no traces of radiation in our matcha!
What about mycotoxins (aka toxic mold)?
We've got that covered, too. In fact, Soar Organics is one of the only matcha brands in North America to test for mycotoxins! If you'd like to learn more about mycotoxins and why we test for them, check out our dedicated blog post on that here.
At the end of the day, we know how much our customers care about what they put into their bodies. That's why we'll continue to invest in third-party testing because 'peace of mind' matters – it's in our slogan!
Happy sipping, everyone.