Pushing production standards for over 35 years
Once the Artemia cysts are harvested they undergo multiple rounds of filtering and rinsing at the temporary seasonal camp set up by the Great Salt Lake. The cysts are then bagged and moved to the main facility in Snowville, Utah for final preparation. There, they go through a round of rinsing in a water-bleach solution as well as a second round of regulatory tests before being packed and placed in refrigerated storage for future testing and processing.
Testing, Testing, Testing
The processing of Artemia cysts requires an in depth knowledge of every single batch that enters the processing facility. Information such as the date of harvest, harvest location and cysts shell count are all naturally provided at the beginning with the arrival of each batch. We understand that every bag of raw material may contain cysts from different locations of the lake and so each individual layer of cysts undergoes an additional round of rigorous testing before being chosen for processing.
FOR THE CUSTOMER
When the high grade cysts have been identified they are separated, cleaned and then brought to the drying room. The cysts are dried with special OSI patented Artemia cyst dryers, which use a unique combination of rotational movement and warm air to retain the high hatch rate of the cysts. Once dry, the cysts go through additional rounds of processing before finally being mixed with other batches to meet the hatch rate specifications of our customers. The cysts are then vacuum packed in cans labeled with one of the many signature brands that we offer upon the customer's request.