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Is OCEANGRO Safe?

OCEANGRO is produced with your safety in mind every single day.

It complies with all applicable federal and state requirements and can be used with confidence for all of your fertilizing needs, including lawns, trees, shrubs, flowers, and vegetables. It meets stringent criteria imposed on any fertilizer product for health, safety and the environment and is more heavily regulated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) than synthetic fertilizers. OCEANGRO has consistently met the EPA’s Exceptional Quality criteria since it’s founding.
OCEANGRO is safe for your children and pets when used as directed and stored out of their reach. OCEANGRO is composed of organic matter and nutrients and contains no added pesticides or herbicides.

What is an “Exceptional Quality” Biosolid?

Biosolids are sewage wastewater solids that are processed into a beneficial fertilizer product. “Exceptional Quality” Class A biosolids are found by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) to “pose no reasonable risk to the environment or human health”. The designation and parameters of being an “Exceptional Quality” Class A biosolid fertilizer is set by the USEPA and can be found in the United States Code of Federal Regulations Title 40 Part 503. Class A Exceptional Quality biosolids are sold and used just as any fertilizer on the market.

Are there heavy metals in OCEANGRO?

Heavy metals are found in nearly all fertilizers – both organic and synthetic. Heavy metals are naturally found in soils and detectable levels are even found in drinking water. Many heavy metals such as copper and zinc are necessary for human health and are necessary micronutrients for plant health. Just as heavy metal limits are set at what is considered safe for drinking water, limits are also set for what is considered safe for biosolid fertilizer use. The USEPA and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) set threshold limits for acceptable levels of heavy metals in biosolids. OCEANGRO is tested monthly for heavy metals and is consistently within limits set by the USEPA and NJDEP.