Pharmactive saffron and black garlic extracts achieve organic certification

Pharmactive has stated its goal is to attain organic certification for its entire portfolio of botanicals

Pharmactive Biotech Products has received organic certifications for its range of saffron-based formulations, affron and affronEYE.

The company was granted its organic designation from the Committee of Ecological Agriculture of Madrid (CAEM) rising to meet the burgeoning global consumer demand for naturally sourced botanicals. The company also was granted organic certification for its next-gen aged black garlic extract, ABG10+.

“Pharmactive’s goal is to attain organic certification for its entire portfolio of botanicals,” said Julia Diaz, Head of Marketing for Pharmactive. “We have invested much effort into deploying the optimal production processes and controls, and in acquiring quality seals from relevant external regulators in order to earn the full confidence of our customer as to the clean-label attributes of our all-natural ingredients.”


“We nurture, harvest, and process our own home-grown saffron, and are present throughout the entire saffron production and preparation cycle to ensure full traceability,” said Alberto Espinel, Head of R&D for Pharmactive. “This organic seal of approval is a confirmation of the integrity of our ingredients.”

Pharmactive’s saffron ingredients are based on an all-natural extraction of 100% Spanish saffron (Crocus sativus L.), grown and traditionally hand-picked from its private fields in Castillae-la-Mancha. No pesticides or chemical substances are used, and the saffron is dried on site, immediately after harvest to ensure maximum stability of the bioactive compounds.

The company collaborates with select, skilled saffron farmers, and has positioned a committed quality control department to run periodic analyses of its raw material to ensure adherence to the highest standards of quality.

“Pharmactive is continually developing new manufacturing procedures to preserve the bioactives of the extracts, while being respectful of the environment,” added Espinel.

Pharmactive applies a unique, proprietary low-temperature extraction technique that procures superior, highly concentrated saffron but with less industrial processing, less energy use, and zero chemicals, thus significantly reducing the overall carbon footprint.

Aged black garlic

Organic certification also extends to Pharmactive’s new generation of aged black garlic extract, ABG10+. The formulation is obtained from fresh garlic (Alium sativum L.) that has been aged in a process that profoundly enhances its antioxidant properties, particularly with S-allyl cysteine (SAC), a compound noted for its potent antioxidant and cardioprotective capabilities.

The organic line will be presented at Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, March 4-7 Booth #3909.