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BVB Substrates products safe for food end medicine production

October 18, 2023

In this article, we’ll talk about how our BVB Substrates products are safe for the production of food and medicine for human consumption.

All professional growers take great care to guarantee that their crop is of high quality. You work hard to keep your plants free of contaminations and diseases, stimulate growth at the right moments, and take great care to use your resources wisely.

However, when you are growing crops meant for human consumption, you might have some other, specific worries. The safety of crops that will be consumed by the end-user is something that requires growers to take additional measures.  These things are taken very seriously in the horticultural industry. Ensuring the safety of the food supply chain is crucial to protect consumers from foodborne illnesses. Let’s see how we make sure that our BVB Substrates products are safe for the production of food and medicine.

Are BVB Substrates products safe for the production of food and medicine?

When growing media are used to produce food or medicine, it’s extremely important to have ample quality checks in place. A growing media supplier needs to take safety concerns seriously and follow strict guidelines to ensure that the risk of possible contamination or pollution is minimized. Watch this short video to learn how we make sure our BVB Substrates products are safe for production for human consumption.

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If you’re interested in learning more about the measures growers take to ensure food safety, we’ve listed some of the main below:

Contamination risks

Growers take measures to prevent contamination of crops at various stages of production, including planting, harvesting, handling, and packaging. Contaminants can include (human) pathogens (e.g., bacteria, viruses), chemical residues (e.g., pesticides), and foreign materials (e.g., glass, metal). As shown in the video above, growers can be sure about the safety of our growing media when it comes to any of these contaminants.

Use of pest control

The use of pesticides and chemicals is carefully managed through legislation. Growers take this very seriously and make sure to only use pesticides as a last resort. They apply them correctly and within legal limits. This way any possible residues on crops can never pose health risks as they will not exceed established safety thresholds.

Water Quality

Closely monitoring irrigation water quality is essential. It’s essential when it comes to the efficiency of the use of other resources like nutrients, as well as the optimization of crop performance. Growers should frequently check the quality of their irrigation water to make sure that it can not introduce pathogens or chemicals to the crops. Proper water treatment and testing procedures are crucial to mitigate this risk.

Good hygiene practices

Good agricultural and handling practices, such as proper handwashing, sanitation of equipment, and worker hygiene, are essential to prevent the introduction of contaminants during production. Read more about the importance of hygiene in this related article.

Adequate storage

Proper storage and transportation conditions are vital to maintaining food safety. Temperature control is also an important one. It’s not only important to control the temperature inside your growing facility. The temperature inside your storage is also important. Watch this short animation video to see how temperature can affect stored growing media for example. Packaging integrity and tidiness of storage facilities and vehicles are other critical factors. Watch this short animation to learn how to optimally store your growing media.