Specialty Food Ingredients Steam Pasteurization System achieves validated 5log kill on Sunflower Seeds

(Lodi, CA) September 30, 2013: Specialty Food Ingredients (SFI) has added sunflower seed kernels to its growing list of nuts and seeds that have been 3rd party validated for a chemical-free, 5log kill.

SFI’s ground-breaking pasteurization service now offers 5log, organic-certified kills for walnuts, macadamia nuts, pumpkin seeds, cashews, pine nuts, hazelnuts and sunflower seeds. New items are being tested with more validations expected in the next quarter.

The pasteurization system, the largest of its kind in North America, was added to SFI’s Lodi, California-based GFSI-certified processing facility. The facility also offers cleaning, roasting and packing services.

The pasteurization system uses saturated steam in a partial vacuum to eliminate microbiological contamination in nuts and seeds, while preserving their nutritional, organic and sensory attributes. Validations received to date have been carried out by a certified, external laboratory and were conducted by a 3rd party processing authority sanctioned by the California Almond Board.

Specialty Food Ingredients is a division of Specialty Commodities Inc., Fargo, ND. SFI procures nuts, seeds, ancient grains and related products then oil and dry roasts, salts, dices, pasteurizes and packages to specification. Information at www.specialty-ingredients.com or by contacting cinman@sci-fargo.com.


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