Manufacturing

ERC is a leading contract manufacturer that specializes in enzymes and enzyme-based products. Our facilities operate under strict Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP’s) since 2009. We have been inspected and audited by independent third parties: • Blue Ribbon Kosher (2012) transferred to Circle K Kosher (2017) • NSF/NSF Sport (2011) • ICO (2005) transferred to Oregon Tilth Organic (2013) • FDA (2005, 2008, 2011, 2014, 2017) • Minnesota Department of Agriculture (Annually) • OSHA From qualifying our suppliers to delivering the finished product, every step in our process is carefully monitored and documented with full trace-ability. Due to the intense amount of testing and documentation that is now required, our typical lead times for finished powder or encapsulated products is approximately eight to ten weeks. ERC’s manufacturing facility is a state-of-the-art 58,000 square foot building. In addition to our highly organized and immaculate facilities, we also maintain an Advisory Board that helps us stay on top of the latest developments in the enzyme industry. The Board includes leading naturopathic doctors, chiropractors, pharmacists and research scientists.

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Custom Blends

If you or your client are looking for a specific blend of multiple enzymes, ERC offers single batches ranging from five (5) kilos to three hundred and fifty (350) kilos. If additional ingredients are required for a blend, we also stock probiotics and herbals, as well as specialty raw materials. All finished powdered products are packaged in either a 4-mil or 2-mil poly bag with desiccant(s) added and then heat-sealed. They are then placed in single-walled, corrugated Kraft cardboard boxes with weights from one (1) kilo to ten (10) kilos. Double-walled, corrugated Kraft cardboard boxes are used with weights from eleven (11) kilos to twenty-five (25) kilos. All boxes will have a red ERC Quality Control seal of approval.

Quality Assurance

Our Quality Assurance department has responsibility and authority in the following two areas:

INTERNALLY

    • GMP training is given to all personnel. This means every employee, working in our production areas, is trained and qualified.
    • Post GMP training exams are administered to ensure retention of the materials presented.
    • Quality improvement ensures that all of our procedures, paperwork and documentation are continually being updated.
    • Internal audits are conducted quarterly, to monitor what we are doing verses what we say we are doing.

EXTERNALLY

    • QA oversees and facilitates all regulatory inspections, as well as, all client audits.
    • QA establishes our approved suppliers list through verifying their ability to consistently deliver high quality materials.
Quality Control

The quality control department performs all testing and inspection pertaining to the approval and release of all incoming raw materials as well as all outgoing finished products. We have a full service on-site lab that is run by our highly trained, experienced and professionally educated staff. Our laboratory equipment and capabilities include the following:

MICROBIAL SCREENINGS (guarantees purity and safety)

    • E. coli
    • Lactic Acid Bacteria
    • Mold
    • Total Aerobic Plate Count
    • Total Coliforms
    • Yeast

IDENTITY CONFIRMATION (guarantees consistency and accuracy)

    • Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR)
    • Microscopic Image Analysis
    • Organoleptic Testing

POTENCY / ENZYME ASSAYS

    • Amylase
    • Protease

ADDITIONAL CAPABILITIES

    • ATP Screening
    • Moisture Content
    • pH Determination
    • Powder Particle Size
    • Stability Studies
Encapsulation

ERC utilizes two types of encapsulation machines.

• Schaefer  Model 10 Semi-Automatic Encapsulation Machines

• ACG Models 40 T & 90 T Fully-Automated Encapsulation Machines

We have multiple sets of change parts in a variety of sizes (#3, #2, #1, #0, #00) that are capable of running any type of capsule:

  • Gelatin
  • Vegetable
  • NP
  • Chlorophyll
  • DR

All encapsulation machines are run in rooms with:

  • Filtered Air (.5 microns)
  • Positive ventilation
  • Temperature and humidity controls
Powder Fill

ERC uses powder fillers manufactured in the U.S.A. by All-Fill.  The powder fill line is operated in a room that has:

    • Filtered Air (.5 microns)
    • Positive ventilation
    • Temperature and humidity controls

We can fill containers or pouches ranging in size from one (1) ounce to two (2) kilos. The finished product is weighed twice on two separate scales to ensure that it meets label claim for weight. Scoops and desiccants are added before the lid is applied. Labels and outer shrink sleeves are applied before being run through the heat tunnel. Finished products are boxed according to customer specifications. All boxes will have a red ERC QC seal of approval.

Packaging

ERC maintains two separate packaging lines. The first semi-automated line is for small orders that do not exceed 5000 bottles. The second packaging line is fully-automated and used for any order over 5000 bottles.

Shipping

All finished products are either shipped by Freight, UPS or USPS.
Both incoming and outgoing vehicles/trailers are visually inspected every time.
We have ongoing agreements with our shippers that ensure the quality and safety of our products during the shipping process. Adequate amounts of insurance are maintained.