Acquire Halal certification for Euglena and Chlorella.
Obtained certification to deliver Euglena to the world
Ishigaki Island Group company
Moved to Yaeyama Sangyo
"Why don't you go to Yaeyama Sangyo on Ishigaki Island, a group company?"
At the end of 2012, Yuta Asayama, who was in charge of quality control at the Research and Development Headquarters, was consulted by an officer.
Euglena outdoors for the first time in the world, and Euglena to Yaeyama Sangyo, which has manufacturing facilities and know-how for microalgae such as chlorella, and made it a wholly owned subsidiary (March 2013). We were trying to further deepen the cooperation between our quality control and research and the manufacturing site of Yaeyama Sangyo.
Asayama, who was engaged in research on microalgae when he was a graduate student and was in charge of quality control after joining the company, thought that "knowing the manufacturing site is indispensable for quality control", and from January to March 2013 3 For a month, I will be assigned to Yaeyama Sangyo on Ishigaki Island.
We went back and forth between the Yaeyama breeding site and our laboratory on Ishigaki Island to deepen our knowledge and connections, and discussed the company's vision until late at night after work.
For children in Bangladesh
Asayama, who returned to the Tokyo office in April 2013, Euglena and chlorella powder, which proves that they are foods made by Islamic methods. Move to.
At that time, we were preparing to deliver cookies containing Euglena to solve the nutritional problems in Bangladesh. * In order for Muslim-based Bangladeshi children to eat cookies with peace of mind, we have halal certification of Euglena Was needed.
* Started in April 2014, more than 8.5 million meals have been delivered so far.
However, the road to halal certification was not straightforward. The highest hurdle was to check whether the equipment and lines of Yaeyama Sangyo, which is a manufacturing plant, had manufactured products using prohibited substances such as animal fats and oils in the past. It was to prove. It was necessary to check and report each material including not only recent records but also manufacturing records more than 10 years ago.
Yaeyama Sangyo had already received Kosher certification to prove that it met the Jewish food regulations at that time, and Asai used his experience at that time to check each old production record that remains in the factory. .. Based on the data, Asayama repeatedly negotiated with the Islamic Institute of Takushoku University, which is an examination body, and built a relationship of trust.
After that, we completed the examination of raw materials and culture solution and the actual inspection at the factory, and in December 2013, we obtained the halal certification for Euglena It has become possible to deliver Euglena containing cookies that Bangladeshi children can eat with peace of mind.
Strengthen the production system and reach people all over the world
Euglena and Chlorella
Euglena Inc. and Yaeyama Shokusan in January 2017 expanded production facilities and, also, in September 2018 facility for the research and development of advanced production technology of microalgae such as newly established, with peace of mind to many people Euglena And chlorella are being strengthened.
The Yaeyama macrorera strain collected on Ishigaki Island is exported as high-quality domestic chlorella to North America, Europe, Asia, etc., and Euglena from Ishigaki Island is exported mainly to Asia such as China.
Euglena powder and chlorella powder, which have received halal certification this time, are raw materials and are not products that can be eaten directly. I want to take on the challenge. "
Asayama and Asai are working to improve quality in order to deliver Euglena and Chlorella to people all over the world.
Posted in November 2019
～ Halal certification and Kosher certification ～
- Yaeyama Shokusan Co., Ltd.
Managing Director Factory Manager Yasushi Asai
Joined the company in 1978. After joining the company, engaged in the production of chlorella etc. in the production department. After that, he set up a production control department and subsequently led the production control department. He has been in his current position since April 2005.
- Quality Assurance Section, Production Technology Development Department
Manager Yuta Asayama
Joined a new graduate in April 2009. After joining the company, engaged in quality control Euglena Moved to Yaeyama Sangyo for 3 months from January 2013. After that, Euglena took up his current position.
"For halal certification, the cooperation of Yaeyama Sangyo's manufacturing site and the Islamic Institute of Takushoku University, which is a certification body, was indispensable. I hope to deliver Euglena increase"
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