We want to produce the best quality products that are safe without contaminants or any added chemicals.
We test the honey in FOKUS for authenticity as well as for pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs). PAs are present in many plants and are toxic alkaloids. There are maximum allowed levels of them in food products, typically not more than a total of 0.5 mg/kg is allowed. One cannot tell a bee which flowers to visit, but one can test the honey to make sure that there are not too much of these compounds present that might be a health risk.
Unfortunately, there is a problem with adulteration of honey. Less expensive forms of sugars are added or sometimes normal sugar is heated and hydrolyzed to fructose and glucose. We know our honey is of excellent quality, but we had it tested to show it to our clients. HMF (hydroxy methyl furan) is a compound that forms when honey/sugar is heated and high levels of HMF is usually indicative that something is wrong. Pure honey should contain a higher amount of fructose than glucose and not a lot of oligosaccharides.
We test the Sceletium to determine the total mesembrine type alkaloids. These alkaloids are the active ingredients in FOKUS and we would like to always have the same amount in our product that is high enough for a positive effect, but not above the recommended daily amount.