Where Does Emu Oil Come From?
Emus are flightless birds that have been harvested for thousands of years for all parts of their body, including their meat, feathers, skin and fat.
The Australian aborigines were the first to realize the benefits of the fat. They had already been harvesting emus for their other uses when they discovered that rubbing the fat of the emu onto their skin helped heal their wounds and burns, relieved pain and soothed their dry chapped skin. As more people in Australia learned about the benefits of emu oil, processes to remove any impurities were developed, resulting in an oil that is safe and suitable for everyone from babies to grandmas.
In the United States the highest quality emu oils are certified by the AEA (American Emu Association), a national organization that sets standards for quality and purity. Only oil that meets all of their stringent requirements may be classified as AEA certified.
THE REFINING PROCESS
When emus are processed, a three to four inch layer of fat along the bird's back is separated and removed. First the fat is specially rendered (melted) to clean and prepare the oil for final processing. This step is very important. Insufficient rendering of the fat will affect the stability of the final product and prevent it from being considered “top grade”.
After rendering, the oil is ready to begin the refining process. Emu oil, being low on soaps (formed by long chain free fatty acids), does not require a harsh chemical refining process. Instead, a process called “physical refining” is adequate for preserving the oil and purifies it with no odor. Physical refining uses natural clay filters to absorb impurities, known as the bleaching step.
After bleaching, the oil is deodorized. Being from an animal source, it is important that emu oil is brought to an acceptable temperature for a precise period of time, as this ensures any bacteria or contaminates are removed.
In the final step, the finished emu oil is carefully handled to ensure a creamy product. This process is completed under FDA defined HACCP and GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) for food products. Emu Joy Emu Oil is safe and sterile for human consumption and broadly recognized in the market place for its quality.
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