Ilhwa Co., LTd. acquired ISO 9001 certification on November 17, 1999 after going through six months of consulting and preparation period including three rounds of assessment from April through October of 1999. Ilhwa earned the certification in order to establish a quality assurance system covering the entire scope of the manufacturing process, from the production stage and facility installation to development, sales and service, for the purpose of raising external credibility and enhancing competitiveness of our products.
When a company acquires ISO 9001 certification, it is considered to have met the international standards pertaining to quality assurance system issued by the International Organization for Standardization(ISO). Also it means the company established its footing to achieve international recognition over the entire scope of the manufacturing process, from the production stage and facility installation to development, sales and service.
In order to earn the ISO 9001 certification, Ilhwa had received a thorough on-site assessment from Korean Standards Association(KSA) for two months. After that, for more than four months, it has continuously taken complementary measures regarding preparation of systematic business procedures, establishment of system by making quality manual by units, and implementation of quality system.
Once a company acquires the ISO 9001 certification, in order to maintain the certification, it has to pass follow-up assessments which are continuously conducted twice a year after the first registration, which means that the company should not stop making systemic efforts for quality control. That is why the ISO 9001 certification guarantees an international recognition.
Through the acquirement of ISO 9001 certification, Ilhwa has become able to operate the quality control system which adjusts the entire scope of the manufacturing process – from receiving materials to shipment and service – to international standards level. Also it obtained a chance to look to improvement of internal quality control, enhancement of product competitiveness, and activation of ginseng products export at the same time.
About 2,200 companies are estimated to have acquired the ISO 9001 certification in Korea as of the end of 1998. According to the results of survey conducted to these companies by Korea Management Association Quality Assurance Co., Ltd.(KMAQA), they are enjoying the effects of the certification such as establishment of business standardization, securement of public confidence, decrease of inferior goods, enhancement of solidarity among staff and so forth. More concretely, they are witnessing more developed document management system, established quality system, clarified business division, systemized arrangement, and changed way of thinking of the all staff.
Ilhwa is mainly engaged in the business of ginseng exports, food(beverage), and pharmaceuticals. Confined to pharmaceuticals business, Ilhwa has become the second company that won the ISO 9001 certification in Korea.
What is ISO 9000 certification?
(1) for companies
means to achieve internal guarantee for quality related business.
means to prove quality of products objectively.
to meet the clients’ needs.
(2) for a nation
to actively cope with trade barriers.
measures regarding the product liability system.
to adopt the ISO 9000 Family International Standard as a national standard
Purpose of Quality System
(1) to establish a management system witch can meet the expectations and needs of clients.
starting point to satisfy clients
securing quality competitiveness
reform of corporate management
(2) Establishment of quality system is an international trend.
As of the end of 1995, about 100 nations in the world have introduced the ISO certification system and issued 127,380 certifications.
It is a prerequisite for Korea to actively cope with the infinite competition accelerated by joining the OECD.
EU requires for compulsory certification products(CE Marking products) to maintain ISO 9000 quality system.
(3) A corporate requests its subcontractors to acquire the ISO 9000 certification.
Because the quality of subcontractors’ products decides the quality of a corporate. to cut the cost and reduce wastes by promoting efficiency of the subcontractors’ system.
What is ISO 9000 Family Standards?
(1) International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
ISO was founded in Feb.
1947 for the purpose of developing and expanding standardization related activities at international level in order to set up and disseminate international standards for facilitating international exchange of products and services, and to accelerate international exchange of information and knowledge for technology development. The organization is composed of about 120 member nations.
(2) ISO 9000 Family Certification Standard
ISO 9001: quality guarantee model for design, development, production, installation, and additional services.
ISO 9002: quality guarantee model for production, installation, and additional services.
ISO 9003: quality guarantee model for final examination and test.
Why is IL HWA Better!
You will note the repeated reference to IL HWA’s exclusive use of 6 year old Ginseng roots, whereas other brands use much younger roots. This is an important point, since the older roots fetch higher price. However, in certain parts of Korea where ginseng plants are transplanted every year, 4-year old roots are just as good as 6 year old roots. As Ginseng grows it depletes the soil of at least 42 trace minerals, many of the B vitamins and special nutrients forming benefitial saponins and ginsenosides in ginseng. Ginsenosides do not develop significantly in the Ginseng root until after several years of growth. One recent study showed a dramatic increase in the ginsenoside content of the Ginseng root between the 4th & 5th years of growth.
To ensure the optimum potency of the Ginseng roots and therefore the optimum quality of the packaged product, IL HWA uses only 4-6 year old Ginseng roots in a patented low-temperature extraction process. But the real proof of IL HWA’s quality is in the usage, the results, and the taste!
This is how the Ginseng Roots used in the IL HWA product line are grown: Fields are always on a hillside (so the rain can run off.) Rows of Ginseng roots have partial “huts” to shield plants from direct sun. Grown organically. Ginseng seeds take one year to sprout. The new sprout is planted, and grows for two years. At two years, the young plant is replanted in fresh soil for another two years. At four years, the young plant is replanted in fresh soil for another two years. At six years the Ginseng roots are harvested. The earth, after each two year growth cycle must lie fallow for seven to eleven years for rejuvenation as the ground is completely depleted of nutrients.
When you are sampling IL HWA packets to your customers, using a cup of hot water works well. Having other brands of Ginseng in side by side cups of hot water works well to show differences in taste, aroma and color (the darker color shows more extract content.) Honey is the preferred sweetener. The flavor blends deliciously with the Ginseng. Ginseng has an “acquired” taste. Because of the (patented) low-temperature processing IL HWA does not have the prevalent “burnt taste”. Instead, IL HWA’s taste could be described as “nutty”, “earthy”, or “like molasses”. These tastes are not a “bad” taste, but more of an acquired taste. When even the most taste conscious customer drinks IL HWA, for even a week, they should warm up to the taste.
When you sample the IL HWA concentrate, use a toothpick. This works very well, as the consumer who has used any brand of Ginseng before, will taste the difference in IL HWA’s potency even on the toothpick. Some retailers have built a tonic bar business from giving toothpick samples. Feel-Rite Nutrition in Shaker Heights, Ohio, has built an impressive Ginseng Bar. I suggest that you give only a tiny sample on the toothpick unless the customer says they “love” the taste of Ginseng.
The IL HWA Concentrate has no fillers and is not diluted with water, honey or alcohol – the taste is potent. The spoon in the Concentrate box, is a 1/3 gram spoon. Therefore, a 30 gram IL HWA Concentrate will yield 60-90 servings. A 50 gram IL HWA Concentrate will yield 120-150 servings. And a 300 gram IL HWA Concentrate will yield 600-900 servings. A suggested serving is a 1/3 gram spoon ( under the tongue, or mixed in water, juice, etc. – though not in caffeine or alcohol drinks, since these tend to nullify the B vitamin content), 1 to 3 times daily. For optimum benefit, consistency in usage is key.
The Il Hwa Premium Granules in Jar and Packets is also called the 4 Star Ginseng (four small stars are in the top left corner of the box.) Il Hwa is the only brand of Ginseng with a 4 Star rating from the Korean Government Office of Monopoly. The star rating denotes how much Ginseng Concentrate is actually in the granules, Il Hwa 4 Star contains 19.8% Concentrate and 3 Star contains 13% Concentrate. This level of Concentrate is higher than any other brand of Korean Ginseng. The real key point however, is the quality of the raw roots and the processing used to make the Concentrate (also, called Extract). In other words, other Korean Ginseng brands use young ginseng roots and an extraction method of boiling those young ginseng roots for many extractions. Would it even affect the efficacy of their brands to have 50% of this kind of Concentrate in their brand’s granules? Of course not. It’s the all-around quality of the Ginseng Concentrate that gives the granules their high or poor quality.
Remember, many brands copy IL HWA’s packaging. But only items with the IL HWA name are truly high quality.
Il Hwa has been consistently rated the highest quality Korean Ginseng brand. There are literally thousands of case studies that have been done over the years which, according to them, substantiate the health benefits of Ginseng. Each year there is an event called a “Ginseng Symposium” which brings together scientists and practitioners to present new findings in the field of Ginseng. These new findings on the benefits of Ginseng range from it’s adaptogenic abilities all the way to it’s effect on “incurable” conditions such as Cancer and even AIDS. Through , IL HWA in Korea I have access to many of these Studies, if you are interested.
(Please remember IL HWA American or Tongil Singapore Pte Ltd makes no claims as to any benefits of it’s Ginseng Tea. Ginseng Tea is not a drug but an extraordinary food.)
The Benefits of Il Hwa Korean Ginseng
Ginseng is known as the world’s most powerful adaptogenic herb. It is also known as the “king of herbs”. An adaptogenic herb is an herb that assists the body to adapt and adjust to maintain balance and optimal health. Ginseng is considered one of the wonder drugs of nature. It has been used for thousands of years as a preventive and remedy for a host of bodily ailments, from the ravages of old age, to waning libido, depleting stamina and even serious health conditions.
Traditionally, Korean ginseng had been used as a restorative tonic to increase stamina, energy and relax the body after a long day’s work. Research in the last 20 years has been documenting ginseng as a highly effective herb in treating a host of health-related problems. Recent advances in biotechnology has enabled several companies to improve the effectiveness of Ginseng by optimizing the growing, harvesting, processing, extraction and concentration of Ginseng.
Ginseng as shown in clinical studies has the following benefits on health:
- Aids in managing stress
- Purifies the blood of toxins
- Improves blood quality
- Assists in balancing blood sugar
- Keeps mental clarity and focus
- Stimulates and supports the digestion process
- Boosts the body’s immune system
- Helps to alkalize your body
- Helps to increase energy and vitality
The ginseng root contains saponins which are natural plant chemical components called ginsenosides. Ginsenosides are considered the main active ingredients that are responsible for the herb’s medicinal properties.
Energy and Stamina:
Ginseng is known to have an effect to increase both energy and stamina while having a soothing effect on the nerves. It has a tremendous ability to support adrenal health. Since ginseng is a natural herb, no major side effects are tied to its usage.
Ginseng as a Preventive:
Consuming ginseng regularly can improve both mental and physical performance, brought about by increased stamina and a general sense of well being. It also helps regain stamina lost during illness. Ginseng has been shown to help to strengthen the immune system.
Ginseng as an Adaptogen:
Ginseng is best known as an adaptogen bringing the body into balance. It can relive fatigue and boosts the body’s defense against stress.
Assistance for Diabetics:
Clinical Evidence shows that ginseng intake can be helpful when one is looking to bring balance in their blood sugar levels. With doctor’s consent, it is often taken in addition to prescribed drugs without risk of incompatibility.
Ginseng for skin:
Ginseng is also great for the skin. Ginseng detoxifies the skin and rids it off the free radicals that accumulate due to daily exposure to sunlight and environmental pollution. Internal use of Ginseng has been shown to aid the body in repair and building healthy cells.
Cardio Vascular Support:
Clinical trials have shown ginseng to support those who are seeking to improve cardio vascular health. (Consult with your physician about using Ginseng as part of a wellness initiative).
Ginseng aids sexual function:
Consumption of ginseng helps with premature ejaculation in men. It can assist the revival of lost libido and vitality in men and women.