Food safety system works specifically on seeds and grains

by Jeff Gelski
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Agri-Neo NeoPure intervention system
Agri-Neo's Neo-Pure is a validated intervention created specifically to control pathogens on seeds and grains while keeping them raw, organic and viable.

TORONTO — Agri-Neo now offers Neo-Pure, a validated intervention created specifically to control pathogens on seeds and grains while keeping them raw, organic and viable, according to the company.

Derived from plants, Neo-Pure harnesses the power of oxygen to control pathogens and unwanted microbes like yeast and mold. Neo-Pure has been validated to provide a 5-log reduction of pathogens like Salmonella.

Agri-Neo launched Neo-Pure during the Institute of Food Technologists’ annual meeting and food exposition in Chicago in July.

“Processors of seeds and grains face a tricky food safety problem,” said Rob Wong, president and chief operating officer of Agri-Neo. “Chia, flax, sunflower, quinoa and other dry foods in raw and ready-to-eat forms have all been implicated in recent product recalls because of microbial contamination. But until now, no process or product addressed the specific needs of seeds and grains. Existing intervention steps used for dairy and fresh produce, including pasteurization, chemical fumigation and irradiation, alter seeds and grains by degrading the sensory and nutritional qualities consumers want.”

Initial food processor customers include Everspring Farms, Pacific Grain & Foods, Hempco and Sungistix.

“Producing a wide variety of sprouted and non-sprouted grains and seeds, including ancient grains from all over the world, one of Everspring’s fundamental risks has become the ability to ensure product that is free of pathogens and has a plate count of spec that’s within the range our customers want,” said Dale Donaldson, founder and president of Everspring Farms, Seaforth, Ont. “That’s why we installed the Neo-Pure food safety system. It delivers the safety we need, with no heat involved, so there’s no sensory change in the product.”

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