Quality Control

We apply so strict traceability system that guarantees Product ID from cultivation to consumption. We have our own supervisors and specialists in every stage of production processes starting with, farming, natural drying in shadow, sorting, processing in isolated chambers, sampling, storing, analysis, packaging, handling, and shipping, and exporting This is of course in addition to the regular periodic inspection performed by our inspection bodies to follow the implementation of Organic Farming regulations & procedures.

Our validated quality assurance testing includes:

• Organoleptic testing to ensure proper appearance, color, aroma, and flavor.

• Microscopic and Macroscopic inspection for foreign matter.

• Identification, to verify purity and authenticity.

• Heavy metal analysis performed as per our customer’s request.

• Microbiology testing for pathogens such as E. coli and salmonella.

• Chemical analyses for moisture content, volatile oil, ash, and acid-insoluble ash.

• Pesticide residues analysis

Our raw material and final products must have the following tests and checks:

• Labeling and traceability compliance                 • Purity percentage

• Packing material (clean and sealed)                   • Color

• Taste                                                                         • Odor

• Size                                                                            • Percentage of oils

• Insects and mold infections                                  • Moisture percentage

• Pesticide residues                                                   

• Reception test records should be filed and kept with all test analysis results

Our Standards

We are interested in conformance to EU specifications, so the absence of defects is the major focus of our department of packing through well-managed process including all technical quality control restricted measures have been taken according to current EU standards in food business with consideration of Hygiene rules of EU – Regulations (EC No 8522(P41), and applying of ISO 22000 Standards – in case of conventional products. In addition, we are extremely obligated with Regulation (EC) No. 834/2007 and Regulation (EC) No. 889/2008, Our strict quality control is self-evident in the Pharmacopoeia results, as tests for contamination, Starting with testing of required physical analysis, we regularly apply all chemical analysis such as (pesticides, microbiology, aflatoxin,….etc.) as per current EU regulation for pesticides in case of conventional products and BNN Guidance in case organic products within EU accredited national & international labs, such as: Central Laboratory of Residue analysis of Pesticides and Heavy Metals in Food – Egypt, GBA- Germany, SGS-Germany, Eurofins- Netherlands.

Farming Expertise

Our quality begins with the knowledge and experience of our raw material farmers. Working in clean environmental farms providing a naturally built shield from pesticide residues, Direct & self-cultivating of our own farms ensures that the integrity of our products is consistent and the finest quality available. Our farmers work closely with our quality control staff, before and after the products arrive, to continually monitor our raw materials. We audit all our farmers yearly to assure they meet our Organic regulations & GMP requirements.

Organic

Organic products are produced using methods of organic farming - where organic farming is a process controlled and certified by authorities starting from production till consumption. In other words, organic agriculture is a production system that sustains the health of soils, ecosystems, and people. It relies on ecological processes, biodiversity and cycles adapted to local conditions, rather than the use of inputs with adverse effects. Organic Agriculture combines tradition, innovation, and science to benefit the shared environment and promote fair relationships and good quality of life for all involved - IFOAM - Through our belief of organic Ideal principles, Herms Company has heavily subscribed into the organic industry with EU Standards as one of the organic companies around Egypt.

Separation of Organic and None - Organic products

Our company follows so strict policy of production separation on all stages of production starting from cultivation and ending with the finished product.

Allergens

We have a full allergen prevention program and have implemented tight controls in our manufacturing processes to prevent cross-contamination of our products with allergens.

Metal Detection

The very dangerous challenge is the metallic pieces that might exist in the product while processing. This is highly controlled through two different stages of prevention : 1) High & strong sensitivity magnets at the input and outputs of every machinery 2) Metal detection machinery in which the product must pass through directly before packing in final packages.

Controlled Processing

At each stage of production, our quality control staff inspects and approves each product before it is allowed to proceed to the next process.

Laboratory Analysis

Random samples from all raw materials are thoroughly tested and compared to our quality specs & customer quality requirements to verify authenticity and assure conformity. All lot samples are kept for two years and can be traced for verification. Testing includes organoleptic analysis for aroma, color, flavor, and texture. Physical testing involves moisture, volatile oil content, heavy metals, microbiology, pesticide residues, and other tests specific to each herb.

our indicator

Order Fulfillment Efficiency is one of our main indicators highly considered in order to enhance our service; we regularly analyze our performance with respect to percentage achieved annually.