Is Your Emu Oil Really Emu Oil
A recent study discovered that many products which claim to be emu oil do not meet the standards set forth by the AEA.
Is Your Emu Oil Really Emu Oil?
By Paul Binford
The 2012 National Emu Convention proved to be an educational experience for the LB Processors team; research and current industry concerns were the most informative topics of conversation with product purity at the forefront. It is not uncommon for disreputable manufacturers to attempt to replace a product of good repute with a low quality imitation at a cheaper price. In a recent investigation it was found that only five of 11 emu oil products available on the retail market were actually pure.
The fingerprint of emu oil is defined by a unique fatty acid profile. This profile is based on the saturated and unsaturated fats found naturally in the oil. The American Emu Association evaluated a study of 600 samples of individually tested and certified emu oils were used to set the high and low values for particular fatty acids. The fatty acid profile in AEA emu oil includes:
- Myristic Acid
- Palmitic Acid
- Palmitoleic Acid
When reviewing the values of these acids, they are a solid measure for deciphering whether the oil is an emu oil, other animal or vegetable base. Certified emu oil distributors produce products that are l in spec, which signifies both quality and purity. In accordance with AEA Certification, producers are required to send a sample of each batch to the an independent lab for testing prior to distribution. Vegetable oils will have a value of palmitoleic below 2.5 percent with other animal values being above 5.4 percent.
The AEA has tightened regulations for emu oil production, which affects industry leaders like LB Processors who are known for their groundbreaking refinement process and pure emu oil, to ensure that consumers are buying uncorrupted oil. In the investigation of 11 emu oil products, researchers were shocked to find that only five had the appropriate values necessary to qualify them as emu oil. Researchers also tested two samples of ostrich oil, organic soy and canola for comparison. Findings revealed that three of the tested samples appeared to be plant based.
As a consumer, be cautious of companies that present a cheap emu oil product. AEA emu oil that has passed the rigorous certification process will have the AEA Certification seal printed on the product label. Statements that claim to meet the standards of the AEA are not substitutes for the actual seal of approval. Choosing to purchase emu oil from an AEA source like LB Processors means that you can buy with confidence.
Emu oil that is pure and AEA certified is known to soothe the inflammation and redness of acne, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and stretch marks as well as ease inflammation in swollen joints when taken as an oral supplement in capsule form or combined with glucosmaine cream. When you purchase emu oil make sure to read the label and always look for the AEA Certification seal to avoid dissatisfaction with a substandard imitation. LB Processors not only provides AEA emu oil processing services for many distributors, but also provides bottling, private labeling, and blind shipping to customers.