Can You Tell Me More About Heavy Metals?

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Can you tell me more about heavy metals?

Heavy metals are naturally occurring elements that can be found in water, soil, and air.  Human activities, such as industrial processes, mining, and the use of certain pesticides and fertilizers, can also introduce heavy metals into the environment

What kind of foods can heavy metals affect?

Because they grow in the ground, root plants and vegetables can absorb heavy metals from the soil. This category of produce includes vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, cassava (yuca), sweet potatoes, beets, turnips, radishes, and many others. The extent to which they absorb these metals can vary depending on factors such as soil composition, agricultural practices, and the specific plant or vegetable species.

What safety measures does Siete take to minimize the presence of heavy metals?

Your health, safety, and enjoyment of Siete products are our top priorities, which is why we take concerns about heavy metals seriously. We acknowledge the natural occurrence of heavy metals in the environment and work diligently to minimize their presence to safe levels in our products. Our goal is to maintain your trust by providing safe, uncompromising, high-quality food. For example, the cassava flours we use in our products are obtained from suppliers who meet our stringent criteria, prioritizing food safety, quality, reliability, and ethical business practices. Siete suppliers undergo multiple rounds of lead testing and must pass tests conducted by accredited third-party laboratories for heavy metals (such as lead, arsenic, cadmium, and mercury) to be in compliance with the FDA and California's Proposition 65 requirements, as well as our high and rigorous standards.

Lead and Lead Compounds

Cassava Plant Guide

Environmental Contaminants in Food

Action Levels for Lead in Food

Why does Siete use cassava?

Besides our love for how cassava flour tastes in our products, root vegetables like cassava are also widely valued for their nutritional content, which includes fiber. With a global production of about 160 million tons per year, cassava is one of the leading crops in the world—and a delicious, grain free staple for our family, too.

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