Where is Simply Seaweed’s Ascophyllum nodosum sourced from?

As Ascophyllum nodosum does not occur in Australian waters, it must be imported from other countries. Simply Seaweed currently has harvesting partners in Canada and Ireland. Please check the batch code of individual containers to determine the country of origin – a “C” indicates Canada, whereas an “I” indicates Ireland.

Is Simply Seaweed heat treated?

No. Unlike most other products available on the market, Simply Seaweed’s Ascophyllum nodosum has not undergone heat treatment or been dried using excessive heat. This means that 100% of the antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins and antibacterial benefits are retained.

Does Simply Seaweed contain any heavy metals?

Yes.

All wild-harvested seaweed and kelp products contain some level of heavy metals, due to ocean contamination and naturally occurring minerals.

We only harvest from clean waters to ensure minimal levels, and our end product is heavy metal tested to ensure that any detected quantities are within safe limits as per the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ 2002). Additionally, our seaweed is certified organic which enforces even more stringent regulations of allowable trace levels of heavy metals.

Our Nutrition Data discloses the levels of heavy metals.

Why does Simply Seaweed vary in colour, granule size, texture etc.?

There are many factors that contribute to variations in our product. These include:

  • The age of the seaweed plant when it was harvested
  • How long ago the plant was harvested
  • If the seaweed was growing close to the water’s surface, or deep below
  • How long the seaweed was left out to dry before being processed
  • The method of drying
  • The method of crushing
  • Storage conditions
  • Position in storage container

Where is Simply Seaweed made?

Our seaweed is imported from Canada and Ireland, then locally packaged, managed and distributed.

We are unable to claim that our product is Australia-made, as Australian consumer law states that an imported product must undergo a significant change in Australia in order to be claimed as Australia-made (note that repackaging and blending does not constitute a major change).