FSMA September Implementation Drives Increased Demand For The Neo-Pure Food Safety System To Reduce Recalls On Seeds And Grains

Following North American Launch in July, More Neo-Pure Systems Protecting U.S. and Canadian Food Industry with Plans to Enter New Categories

LAS VEGAS, Oct. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — For the food industry, the September 19, 2016 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) deadline to implement preventative measures to ensure safety of at-risk foods has spiked the demand for Agri-Neo’s innovative Neo-Pure Food Safety System, the company announced today at SupplySide West 2016. Following Neo-Pure’s full North American launch at the Institute of Food Technologists conference (IFT16) in July, the company has seen orders for its patented Neo-Pure Food Safety Systems, specifically designed for seeds and grains, grow significantly.

Neo-Pure solves the food safety dilemma facing seeds and grains by providing food safety as nature intended. Derived from plants, it harnesses the power of oxygen 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 seed and grain. Working with academic institutions, Neo-Pure has been validated to provide a 5-log reduction of pathogens, like Salmonella. The innovative Neo-Pure intervention keeps seeds and grains raw, organic and viable, while maintaining their organoleptic and nutritional properties.

“Seeds and grains present unique food safety challenges,” said Agri-Neo President and COO Rob Wong. “Under FSMA, producers, processors and even retailers all need to demonstrate they are implementing proactive, preventive measures to address food safety concerns. With growing consumer demand for chia, flax, sunflower, quinoa and other seeds and grains in raw and ready-to-eat forms, it is no surprise that – absent a standard food safety intervention – these products have all been implicated in recent recalls because of microbial contamination. That’s why we developed Neo-Pure – to address the specific food safety needs of seeds and grains, while maintaining the sensory and nutritional qualities consumers want. It’s been gratifying to see the industry’s response to our July North American launch – with Neo-Pure Food Safety Systems now in place or on order stretching from coast-to-coast.”

From Seeds & Grains to Nuts & Wheat

Wong and the Agri-Neo team have also been expanding their portfolio of addressable foods that can be validated via a 5-log pathogen reduction to include nuts and wheat used for flour milling. In pilot tests, they’ve been able to replicate on nuts the same successful results they’ve seen on seeds and grains. The intervention, both at the molecular level and in terms of equipment, would be the same for nuts as for the foods that currently use Neo-Pure. And the Company is now working with a significant North American processor of cashews and macadamia nuts to confirm scalability, as well as working towards the commercial introduction of these new food categories with a number of partners.

Neo-Pure Food Segments & Customers

Agri-Neo has focused on serving the food safety needs of sprouters of seeds and grains, co-manufacturers/co-packers, and food brands. Some examples of initial food processor customers include Everspring Farms (www.everspringfarms.ca), Pacific Grain & Foods (www.pacificgrainandfoods.com), Hempco (www.hempcocanada.com) and Sungistix (www.sungistix.com), as well as the recent addition of Savita Naturals (www.savitanaturals.com), among others.

About Agri-Neo

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 seeds and grains. 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.

Neo-Pure solves food safety problem for seeds and grains

Food Safety Science Company Launches Neo-Pure, a Natural, Validated Intervention Step Designed Specifically to Control Pathogens on Seeds and Grains at #IFT16

Chicago, July 14, 2016Neo-Pure, the first-ever validated intervention created specifically to control pathogens on seeds and grains while keeping them raw, organic and viable, will launch at Chicago’s #IFT16 – the Institute of Food Technologists annual conference – starting July 17 in Chicago. Food safety science company Agri-Neo is showcasing its intervention that integrates its novel Neo-Pure liquid solution and dedicated Food Safety System at #IFT16 Booth 4617. They will also be highlighting their growing customer roster, including Everspring Farms, who have incorporated all natural, biodegradable Neo-Pure into their processing of raw and sprouted seeds and grains.

“Processors of seeds and grains face a tricky food safety problem,” said Agri-Neo President and COO Rob Wong. “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.”

Neo-Pure solves that dilemma by providing food safety as nature intended. Derived from plants, it harnesses the power of oxygen 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 seed and grain. Working with academic institutions, Neo-Pure has been validated to provide a 5-log reduction of pathogens like Salmonella. The innovative Neo-Pure intervention keeps seeds and grains raw, organic and viable, without altering their organoleptic and nutritional properties.

Food Segments Served by Neo-Pure

Launching Neo-Pure for full North American distribution at #IFT16, Agri-Neo is focused on serving the food safety needs of sprouters of seeds and grains, co-manufacturers/co-packers, and raw food brands. Some examples of initial food processor customers include: Everspring Farms (www.everspringfarms.ca), Pacific Grain & Foods (www.pacificgrainandfoods.com), Hempco (www.hempcocanada.com) and Sungistix (www.sungistix.com).

Everspring: A Satisfied Customer

Commenting on the decision to incorporate Neo-Pure in its processing, Everspring Farms Founder and President Dale Donaldson said, “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. 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. Taste and texture are unaffected. Grain looks, smells and tastes just like it came out of the field after the Neo-Pure process, and that’s a critical part of what we’re all about. Neo-Pure really differentiates us in the marketplace, allowing us to provide the safest possible product to our customers.”

About Agri-Neo

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 seeds and grains. Since 2009, Agri-Neo has invested significant resources from private investors and grants in research and development. The company assembles its Food Safety Systems for Neo-Pure in Toronto, where it also conducts 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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