Setting the standard
In 1997 Seagreens® wild wrack species were the first seaweeds to be wild harvested according to DEFRA and Soil Association Organic Standards.
These remain concerned with water quality, contamination and sustainability, but alone do not assure consumers of consistent nutritional quality or composition.
Large volumes of old seaweed can be cut and sold into the human food chain, or it may be storm-cast, collected on the shoreline, and rapidly dried at high temperatures.
Small scale artisan harvesting also offers no guarantees concerning cleanliness, consistency, or nutritional composition.
Most seaweed in Europe and North America is produced on an industrial scale for alginate extraction, horticulure, and more sadly, animal feed.
Seagreens moved onward and upward from these conventional practices, developing its own methods and standards over the years.
All Seagreens ingredients for food and nutrition product manufacturing have a fully analysed composition, batch certification and full tracability, assuring the consumer that the products are also free from allergens, contaminants, microbial pathogens and heavy metals.
Seagreens developed the careful selection, monitoring, harvesting, transportation, processing, production, packaging, and international food and medical compliance to its proprietary standard.
Since 2012 Seagreens has worked with the Seaweed Health Foundation and the Biodynamic Association to introduce an international standard for seaweed for human consumption.
In the process, Seagreens has redefined the standards for producing human food seaweed in Europe which are now among the most advanced in the world.
In September 2016 Seagreens was Certified under the new non-governmental Nutritious Food Seaweed Quality Assurance Scheme and Standard - the world's first standard developed specifically for seaweed.
Mor information is available at the Seaweed Health Foundation's website.
Seagreens continues to develop its own unique standard and is the seaweed ingredient of choice for leading food and nutrition supplement brands.
A short history
1997 - Seagreens founded with its first seaweed production for human consumption on the small Norwegian island of Frøya off the coast of Trondheim
1998 - Seagreens becomes Europe’s first Certified Organic fully integrated ‘ocean-to-table’ producer "to get a gram of the best seawed into the daily diet"
2002 - Production began among the Arctic Lofoten islands in partnership with Kjell Petterson, designer of Seagreens' proprietary mechanical harvesting
2004 - Approved by the Biodynamic Association for use in Biodynamic and Organic foods and farming systems in Europe
2007 - Biodynamic Association certification extended to the USA under Biodynamic® and NOP Organic Standards
2008 - British Government sponsors health research into Seagreens® at the UK Centre for Food Innovation, Sheffield Hallam University
2009 - Seagreens (Hebridean Seagreens Ltd) receives international Organic Certification for new harvesting and production in Scotland
2009 - Seagreens new production facilities EU and FDA registered for Food Safety and hygiene with full HACCP quality control procedures
2010 - Segreens receives national awards for research, sustainability, product innovation; independent nutritonal marker research proves outstanding quality
2011 - Founder's inaurgural speech at the Natural History Museum, London, launches the Seaweed Health Foundation for research, standards, and information
2012 - Seagreens certified Allergen Free and Kosher for Passover; ranks "most searched for ingredient" on worldwide Life Science search engine, Innovadex
2012 - Seagreens sponsors the first annual Seaweed for Health event at the Royal Botanic Garden at Edinburgh in co-operation with the Seaweed Health Foundation
2013 - Peer reviewed research concludes that Seagreens® in a product of Napiers of Edinburgh can provide iodine sufficiency with no adverse effect on thyroid
2014 - 3 research publications in peer reviewed journals: Journal of Appetite (2011), British Journal of Nutrition (2014), Journal of Applied Phycology (2015)
2015 - The Seagreens Trust established to carry forward the work of Seagreens International Partnership® and continue support for the Seaweed Health Foundation
2016 - Seagreens Certified under the Nutritious Food Seaweed quality assirance scheme and standard by the Biodynamic Association
GB-ORG-6 - the European Organic logo introduced 2010. Seagreens human food standards surpass EU 834/2007, 889/2008, 710/2009
Biodynamic Association approval for use in organic and biodynamic foods and farming systems
Kosher Certified by the London Beth Din Kashrut Division, Court of the Chief Rabbi
USDA Certified Organic
Seagreens® ingredient products are processed under full HACCP quality control procedures, finished and packed for distribution in certified BRC (British Retail Consortium) accredited A grade, FDA registered food facilities.
Products for consumers and healthcare practitioners are produced in Class 9 pharmaceutical clean room and packed and bottled in ISO 9001, MHRA, BRC, and FDA approved facilities.
All capsules used are of 100% vegetable origin and additionally internationally Certified Kosher Circle U under the supervision of the Kashruth Division of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America and Halal by the Halal Monitoring Committee.
All Seagreens products are certified allergen and pollutant free, organic, kosher, raw, vegan and halal compliant.
But it is Seagreens' proprietary harvesting and production technologies and methods*, and its extensive product and batch analysis which ensures its consistent quality and outstanding nutritional profile.
This extensive accreditation covers the distribution and retail of Seagreens worldwide, including full FDA registration for the United States.
Seagreens licensed production in the UK and elsewhere in the Nordic region operates to the same high standard.
Organic Certification EU and USA (Biodynamic Association UK 6: 398)
Kosher Certification for Seagreens consumer products and ingredients
Kosher Certification for Seagreens 'The Mineral Salt'
BRC Certificate of Compliance for GSFS
Seagreens® - the mark of quality
Seagreens is a trade mark of the Seagreens Trust, Great Britain and is registered throughout the EU, North America, and Australia with applications pending elsewhere.
It is your assurance that the seaweed in our products and in our customers' products, anywhere in the world, meets Seagreens' proprietary standard.
Water quality is closely monitored by environmental protection agencies and Seagreens production has been the recipient of several environmental sustainability awards.