“The rose is red, the violet’s blue. The honey’s sweet and so are you,” says a 1784 English rhyme, describing a violet as a very pretty flowering plant.
But, Crystal Violet is not a plant. It is a synthetic substance and commercially produced by oxidizing a mixture of aniline and p-toluidine. The oxidizing agent most commonly used is arsenic acid. And, it poses a lot of risks as meat stamping ink.
Filipino meat suppliers use Crystal Violet, commonly known as Gentian Violet, as their stamping ink. According to reviewed literature, Gentian Violet is highly dangerous if swallowed, causes serious eye damage, suspected of causing cancer, and very toxic to aquatic life with long-lasting effects.
Other dangers of Gentian Violet are:
1) Oral administration can cause gastrointestinal irritation,
2) Gentian Violet is classified as a human and animal carcinogen, and
3) the Gentian Violet also inhibits wound healing.
The use of Gentian Violet has been banned in the US, Australia, and Malaysia. Some European countries and Canada limited the use of Gentian Violet. Sadly, there is no data found for risk & safety assessment done in the Philippines today for Crystal Violet.
But there is an innovation to help solve this problem.
Dell Biologics, Inc. created a better alternative, that is plant-based, food-grade has beneficial compounds, and 100% Filipino.
NaturInk is an extracted dye from edible parts of plants using food-grade classified ingredients. These plants are also farmed in the Philippines. NaturInk is a quality natural stamp ink for meat, which is edible, harmless, non-toxic. It is soluble in water, fats, and alcohol.
“NaturInk is a very vital formulation to help change the stamping process in the country. It is very innovative, and I think, it’s about time to improve and help our meat industry,” said Engr. Evan Titus Paul Labrador, one of the co-formulators of NaturInk.
“The farmers will surely benefit from this innovation. Their plant produce will finally be more useful, and it will be a big help for our meat suppliers, too,” he added.
By using organic, natural food-grade inks and dyes for meat stamps, we are not just helping our farmers, we are also assuring the health of people, and we are also supporting our local produce.
“NaturInk is one of the most promising products that we have providing a safer and natural stamping ink to our meat suppliers and their consumers. Through our partnership with the National Meat Inspection Service and the Department of Agriculture, this technology will help the agriculture and meat industry to go forward. ” Mr. Paul O’Dell, the Chief Operating Officer of DBI said.
Established in 2012, Dell Biologics, Inc. serves as a channel in providing biotechnological solutions to personal care, agriculture, wastewater treatment, construction, and industries. Formulating high-quality, organic products, DBI aims to build pragmatic and purposive partnerships with its stakeholders.
About Dell Biologics, Inc.
Dell Biologics is a duly registered, FDA licensed company located in Tuntungin-Putho, Los Banos, Laguna.
Their goal is to provide consumers with safe and innovative goods by formulating and creating premium products. They offer a broad range of products and services for personal care, home care, agricultural and industrial applications with the use of high quality, usually plant-based raw materials.
Their products are designed to be effective while maintaining company standards. They employ the highest quality ingredients and custom formulations that are natural, biodegradable, and environmentally safe in all their applications.
Visit their website: https://www.dellbiologics.com/