Agri-Neo’s Neo-Pure continuous food safety system and organic pasteurization process has been validated by an ABC-approved Process Authority, with agreement by ABC TERP. Agri-Neo can now provide Neo-Pure pasteurization to the California almond industry in compliance with state regulations.

By law, all almonds grown in California and sold within the U.S., Canada, and Mexico are required to undergo pasteurization using a validated process that has been accepted by ABC TERP, which assures that the method can achieve a minimum 4-log reduction of Salmonella bacteria on whole brownskin almonds. Agri-Neo’s food safety science studies and third-party test results show that Neo-Pure meets a minimum 4-log reduction of pathogens on California almonds.

Traditionally, almonds are pasteurized using propylene oxide (PPO) fumigation or steam process, but there can be drawbacks. Neo-Pure keeps almonds truly raw. Since it does not rely on steam or fumigation, Neo-Pure pasteurized (NPP) almonds maintain their natural quality.

Neo-Pure effectively inactivates pathogens using a patented blend of organic actives that completely biodegrades during processing. It is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a processing aid, and therefore labeling products as NPP on packaging is not required. Neo-Pure is also certified organic by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) National Organic Program, making it suitable for both organic and conventional almonds. Finally, the NPP process takes place in a fully-integrated continuous food safety system.

Agri-Neo’s Neo-Pure is the food safety technology of choice for a wide range of low-moisture foods. From chia seeds in Paraguay to dried onions in California, Neo-Pure is used by many industry-leading companies.