It has been brought to my attention today while I was visiting Biotics Research Corp. laboratory that there is currently a problem with KELP.

Kelp is a type of sea vegetation that many supplement companies use as a source of water soluble IODINE.

When raw materials and products come into the lab at Biotics Research, a biochemist or microbiologist takes samples of the material and analyze it for any contaminants, assay its purity, and assigned a lot number, etc. before it is put into production.

THE PROBLEM: When some kelp material came into Biotics Research the chemists there found the kelp material to be contaminated with arsenic in higher amounts than allowed by federal standards. Federal standards will usually allow 3 parts per billion of arsenic in foodstuffs. Biotics found that the batch they had contained 18 parts per million. Their own lab analyzed the kelp 3 times and came up with the same conclusion. Biotics then sent two samples of this batch of kelp to 2 independent labs for analysis and these labs also came up with the fact this batch of kelp was indeed contaminated. This batch of kelp, from a very reliable source, had apparently been harvested in contaminated waters.

THE SOLUTION: Biotics red-tagged the kelp and had the supplier pick it up. Biotics then proceeded to order another source of kelp, which comes from cold, deep waters off the coast of Greenland where the waters are as pristine as you can get.

RESULT: The kelp Biotics is now using in their products has no arsenic or other heavy metals present nor is there any bacterial contamination.

CONCLUSION: I wonder if that contaminated batch of KELP will be re-introduced into the supply chain or will any contaminated KELP be used by other supplement companies who are not quite as careful about the source of their materials.

–Winston Greene, D.C.