OG Botanicals

Kratom Pasteurization

OG Botanicals is committed to quality and safety so we made this to discuss our whole Kratom Pasteurization process and to explain why we do it in the first place.

Why Pasteurize Kratom?

Since Kratom is a natural plant product grown in tropical Asian regions OG Botanicals wanted a way to ensure safety and protect customers from potential bacterial contaminants like E. Coli or Salmonella as an example. Pasteurization is simply the most effective and consistent method for killing Bacteria and that is why we have chosen to do it but it has to be done right so we made this page to go over all of the processes we do to ensure it’s done properly.

When it comes to lab testing some Kratom vendors test each individual strain but they inevitably have to pass that large cost onto customers which leads them to price at close to double what we charge. Not only that it limits them in how many strains they can have to keep lab test costs down. We pride ourselves on giving customers customization and variety that isn’t heavily marked up so instead of testing each strain, we test a couple of samples per shipment. We Incorporate pasteurization to ensure there isn’t any chance of bacterial contamination in all of our kratom strains that may not have been individually tested.

 

What is Pasteurization?

Pasteurization is simply the process of heating something up hot enough to kill any potential bacteria but not too hot to ruin whatever is being heated. Pasteurization was originally discovered by Louis Pasteur and it was named after him. In 1963, Pasteur was studying wine contamination which he found out was caused by microbes. In response, he heated the wine to 120-140 degrees Fahrenheit and this process came to be known as Pasteurization. This can be applied to many other things such as milk and many other products that can host bacteria that is known to be harmful to humans. 

How does Pasteurization Kill Bacteria?

Bacterium simply has a ton of different components that all need to be working properly for it to be effective.  If one link in the chain to keeping bacterium alive is broken then the entire thing can fall apart. The most important aspect is the Enzymes. Enzymes are important to a cell because it is essentially the main component to its metabolism. Once the Enzymes in the Bacterium are heated up enough they become denatured which basically destroys the entire cell and makes it useless. 

OG Botanicals Pasteurization Process

Step 1: Cleaning and Preparation

 We first start out by cleaning our work area and everything used in the Pasteurization process with 70% Isopropyl Alcohol. We also have to prepare paperwork and bags for this process to keep track of everything during this process and make sure there are no mistakes.

Step 2: Preheating and Getting Started

 Next, we preheat the glass containers until they are at least 160 Degrees Fahrenheit in our Special lab oven. After that is complete we start pouring the Kratom out of the vacuum-sealed bags we receive it in and cover it up in the glass containers. 

Step 3: Pasteurization and Monitoring

 We put the strains inside the lab oven one at a time until it is full and we put a probe inside to monitor the core temperatures. If we see uneven heating we make adjustments accordingly and try to maintain around 160 Degrees Fahrenheit for at least 4 hours. This ensures there is no potential for any Bacterial contaminants to survive. 

Step 4: Cooling and Bagging

After the Kratom has been Pasteurized for at least 4 hours we take them out of the lab oven, bag the Kratom, and rapidly cool it to room temperature as fast as possible. This ensures no Bacteria can grow back while it’s in the prime temperatures to do so. 

Additionally, we double bag the Kratom so we can easily seal it to keep it fresh and easily available whenever a customer needs it. We only pasteurize Kratom as needed and leave the rest in the original packaging until it’s ready for use.

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