Agri-Neo introduced their new and improved organic, non-thermal Neo-Pure™ food safety system that pasteurizes nuts, seeds and grains and increases throughput, efficiency and cost-savings for food processors. Neo-Pure provides a validated five-log kill step for a wide range of low-moisture foods while maintaining the raw nutrition and sensory qualities of nuts, seeds and grains.
“Neo-Pure maintains the nutrition that flourishes naturally in food to support the health and well-being of the people who eat it,” said Rob Wong, president of Agri-Neo. “Neo-Pure is the only organic, non-thermal pasteurization process available to food processors who want to meet the growing consumer demand for raw nuts, seeds and grains.”
The Neo-Pure pasteurization process eliminates pathogens such as Salmonella, E. coli and Listeria. Since it does not use steam, chemical gas or irradiation, it preserves the natural taste, smell, texture and nutrition of the food.
How Neo-Pure Works
The Neo-Pure food safety system pasteurizes food at a minimum of three metric tonnes per hour in a continuous process flow. This improves efficiency and generates cost savings compared to other commonly used pasteurizers that use a batch process. The Neo-Pure food safety system works by misting Neo-Pure, an organic liquid solution composed entirely of ingredients found in nature, onto the food. This technique uniformly destroys pathogens on the foods’ surface and in cracks and crevices that can harbour pathogens. Afterwards, Neo-Pure completely biodegrades. As a result, the food is pasteurized but not cooked, leaving the food safe and raw, just as nature intended.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Health Canada have approved Neo-Pure as a processing aid, so labelling is not required. It is certified organic to the standards of the U.S. National Organic Program and Canada Organic Regime. It also meets Kosher and Halal guidelines.
Closed-Loop System Maximizes Safety and Efficiency
The Neo-Pure food safety system is fully enclosed to prevent cross-contamination of food as food travels through the pasteurization process. Unlike other pasteurization systems, it seamlessly integrates into any operating environment with a flexible layout and a footprint of only 1,500 square feet.
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