I will just briefly mention that the Research and Product Development departments work on the development and production of your products.
In the microbiology laboratory in Spanish Fork, Utah, we test to be sure there are no pathogens in your products to ensure their safety and quality. You know already about our tests of optical rotation, gas chromatography, and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry; we also do FTIR or NIR (Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy/Near Infrared) for identification.
Some of the testing is also done in Ecuador, and part of it is done in St. Maries, Idaho. Dr. Casabianca is a support for this testing. Dr. Mahmoud Suhail at the university in Salalah, Oman, does some of the testing there. Testing is also done at Oklahoma State University by HK Lin. It just goes on and on and on.
I would like to say a little more about optical rotation. This instrument analyzes whether an oil is dextrorotatory or a levorotatory, depending on which way light bends as it goes through the oil. If you know an oil is supposed to be dextro and it tests levo, then something is wrong! A GC doesn’t tell you the optical rotation. You have to have the polarimeter (also called a rotometer) to do that. We have that instrument here, and we have the instrument in Ecuador for doing the same thing.
You need to know we have a GC-MS in the lab in Ecuador and in Spanish Fork, Utah. We also have a GC in the lab in St. Maries.