Schizochytrium sp. is a micro algae that occurs in the mangrove forests in the South Pacific Ocean. It produces an oil rich in omega 3 fatty acids in the form of EPA and DHA. The oil has been used for years in food or as a food supplement.
Schizochytrium is not produced in ponds, but cultivated in sterile fermentors under controlled conditions. As there is no impact from ocean pollution, the oil is free from heavy metals (such as mercury), dioxins and PCBs,that often occur in fish and fish oil.
The algae oil is produced in the United States. We can't explain the production process in detail for confidentiality reasons but one can be assured that all operations are state of the art, according to regulations for foodstuff oils. The oil is received from the algae through a solvent-less process. The algae culture is pasteurised (cooked) so that the oil separates from the cells. The oil is then skimmed off the water phase. The oil is treated under as mild as possible conditions and mostly under vacuum to avoid contact with oxygen. Then approved antioxidants are added to the oil to provide the stability. And finally the DHA and EPA percentages may be standardised by the addition of food grade vegetable oil.