Heavy Metals: Why Supplier Responsibility is Critical in Astaxanthin Production

Learn more about the importance of heavy metal controls in microalgae cultivation and astaxanthin production.

Heavy metals such as arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury pose a threat to human health. Consequently, both finished products and their ingredients should be routinely screened for these metals, and their associated compounds.

In many parts of the world, heavy metal concentrations in water exceed maximum permitted levels. Heavily dependent on water, microalgae cultivation and astaxanthin production are vulnerable to heavy metal contamination. Therefore, these metals must be strictly and routinely monitored for during the production process.

It is important for suppliers and manufacturers to understand what heavy metals are, the breadth of their impact on human health and global water quality, and why heavy metal controls must be present in microalgae cultivation and astaxanthin production.

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