- Carrington’s Finca Sabila Subsidiary One Of Few Aloe Producers To Achieve Organic Certification
- Designation By Costa Rica’s Highly Respected Eco-LOGICA Agency Facilitates Marketing Caraloe Products As Certified Organic
IRVING, Texas, June 27, 2002—Carrington Laboratories, Inc. (Nasdaq: CARN) today reported that material grown and refined at its Costa Rica facility, Finca Sabila, has been awarded the “Certified Organic” designation by Costa Rica’s Eco-LOGICA. The rating means that the raw material, which is the basis for all Carrington products and those marketed by its subsidiary, Caraloe Inc., has met stringent guidelines for organic production.
Designation From Internationally Recognized Agency
“We can point with pride at this new designation from an agency that is highly respected internationally and in a country that is equally lauded for its commitment to protecting and enhancing the environment,” said Walt C. Jones, president of Caraloe, Inc., the Carrington subsidiary that markets consumer products under the AloeCeuticals® brand and also sells raw material, such as Manapol®, Hydrapol™ and Manapol®Plus.
“The new ‘Certified Organic’ rating reassures consumers of our products and the products of other manufacturers who use our raw materials that they are receiving truly organically grown goods,” Jones said. “While our products have always been grown organically, this sets them apart from those that carry a ‘grown organically’ label but that are not required to meet any officially applied national or international standards.”
One Of Few To Achieve Certification
Gene Hale, managing director of the International Aloe Science Council (IASC), an international association of aloe producers and processors based in Irving, Texas, said Carrington is one of only a handful of companies to achieve “Certified Organic” designation. Of IASC’s more than 300 members in 52 countries, less than 10 have been certified, Hale added.
Howard Garrett, a noted Dallas-based authority, author and radio host on organic growing methods, said Carrington’s certification is testimony to its commitment to protecting the environment.
“Being certified is more than just following some rules,” Garrett said. “It’s a way of life, a philosophy. You not only ensure that your products are free of pesticides or other chemicals, you work hard at all around protection and enhancement of the environment, both on your property and throughout the adjacent area.”
Following A ‘Philosophy’
Jose Zuniga, who manages Carrington’s Costa Rica facilities, said the company has had a long-standing commitment to organic production.
“We not only go to great lengths to ensure the purity of our products, we also focus on the latest soil conservation, drainage and irrigation techniques,” Zuniga said. “We work hard to ensure that nothing occurring on our property would adversely affect others, such as through excess rainwater runoff.
“While our production methods are more expensive, our philosophy is that this is the responsible thing to do, and it also makes good business sense,” Zuniga said. “Many of our customers and potential customers share our concern for the environment, and anything we do to promote those values will further cement our relationships. When someone purchases our raw materials or finished products, they know they are getting the very best nature can produce.”
Carrington, through Caraloe, markets bulk ingredients from Aloe vera L. utilizing patented complex carbohydrate technology. The company produces Manapol ® Powder and other unique scientifically based products to manufacturers who desire quality raw materials that support claims allowed under the U.S. Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA). It also markets competitive, high quality, traditional Aloe vera liquid gel products in concentrates and powder form. Primary markets include nutritional beverages, dietary supplements, nutraceuticals and cosmetics. Carrington uses other raw materials in its wound- and skin-care products, as well as its patented GelSite® controlled drug-delivery technology now under development.
Carrington Laboratories, Inc., is an ISO 9001-certified, research-based biopharmaceutical company currently utilizing naturally occurring complex carbohydrates to manufacture and market products for mucositis, radiation dermatitis, wound and oral care; manufacture and market the nutraceutical raw materials Manapol® and Hydrapol™; and market consumer products under the AloeCeuticals® brand. Carrington's technology is protected by more than 120 patents in 26 countries. Select products are honored with the internationally coveted CE mark, recognized by more than 20 countries around the world
Certain statements in this release concerning Carrington may be forward-looking. Actual events will be dependent upon a number of factors and risks including, but not limited to: subsequent changes in plans by the company's management; delays or problems in production; changes in the regulatory process; changes in market trends; and a number of other factors and risks described from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities & Exchange Commission, including the Form 10Q filed May 13, 2002.
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