TORONTO, May 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Food safety company Agri-Neo today announced that its organic, non-thermal intervention, Neo-Pure, has been validated to achieve a 5-log pathogen reduction on raw nuts, including cashews, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, and others. Among the companies that are deploying the Neo-Pure Food Safety system is Johnvince Foods/Planters Canada. The company will be using the Neo-Pure Food Safety system on a range of its nut products to ensure its customers have the safest, highest quality products.
Because nuts are often eaten raw, they carry an increased risk of foodborne illnesses caused by bacteria like Salmonella. In addition, with the expanding popularity of nut derivatives such as nut butters, this risk can extend to other food categories, some of which have seen contamination and food recalls as of late. The Neo-Pure solution directly addresses critical safety concerns ensuring nuts remain raw, organic and viable, just as nature intended.
"Many of the most popular nuts consumed in the U.S. are imported from areas around the globe which adds additional complexity in ensuring food safety from the source to the end consumer. Even the significant volume of nuts produced domestically, such as almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts and pistachios from the West and peanuts and pecans from the Southeast, can benefit from an added intervention step," said Agri-Neo President and COO Rob Wong. "Across the food industry there is an expanded focus on proactively addressing potential contamination, as well as compliance and documentation requirements driven by the U.S. FDA's Food Safety Modernization Act. With Neo-Pure, domestic producers, importers, packagers and distributors have a validated intervention step that can give them confidence in the safety of their nut products, even when they are consumed raw."
"Food safety has always been a priority for us, especially since we have a number of iconic brands," said Luis Deviveiros, Director of Operations, Johnvince Foods/Planters Canada. "We are pleased to be working with a cutting-edge company like Agri-Neo to enhance our food safety protocols and implement this innovative intervention step to the benefit of our distributors, retailers and end consumers."
Neo-Pure helps to minimize the risk of pathogens and unwanted microbes in seeds, grains, sprouts and now nuts by providing food safety as nature intended. Derived from plants, it denatures bacterial and fungal cell membranes and DNA to control pathogens and unwanted microbes. The Neo-Pure liquid solution is applied in its dedicated Food Safety System to ensure total coverage of every nut, seed, and grain. With Neo-Pure, food remains raw with no nutritional impact; certified organic to US NOP and Canadian COR standards; and viable with no impact to sensory, shelf life or germination.
To learn more about Agri-Neo and Neo-Pure its proven pathogen intervention solution for nuts, visit www.agri-neo.com and booth #24 at the INC World congress on Nuts & Dried Fruits in India from May 19-21, 2017.
Agri-Neo's mission is to help safely feed the world. The vision of the company and its founders is to set new food safety standards, starting with Neo-Pure for nuts, seeds, grains and sprouts. Since 2009, Agri-Neo has invested significant resources from private investors and grants in research on food safety science performed by chemists, microbiologists and engineers. For more information, visit www.agri-neo.com. Follow us on Twitter and learn about us on LinkedIn.
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