Onset Worldwide is expanding!

Beginning in May 2019:

We will have installed a Retail Packaging Line at our Frenchtown, NJ facility. The packaging line will be equipped with a check weight system and metal detection – for pre-made pouches and FFS pillow bags. We will be offering discounted bulk processing services in combination with any retail packaging projects.

We will have installed a Blender – for dry ingredients – whole seeds, grains, flours, and more – into bulk and retail packaging.

We will have increased capacities, with up to 350,000 lbs of product per day for our Siftex® cleaning and Microduction® system.

New products validated with Microduction® include: quinoa, teff flour, and pumpkin kernels – which is in addition to the previously validated products: chia, hulled hemp, cashews, psyllium powder, defatted milled chia flour.

FDA Registration Renewal

Onset Worldwide has renewed it’s FDA registration; if you need a statement, please email Sara.

Please remember to also renew! Here are instructions:

The 2018 Biennial Registration Renewal Period begins Monday, October 1, 2018.

Section 415 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) [21 U.S.C. ง 350d] requires food facilities required to register with FDA to renew such registrations during the period beginning on October 1 and ending on December 31 of each even-numbered year. 

 

  • If you register your food facility before October 1, 2018, you must renew your registration before December 31, 2018 and provide us with any updated information, if applicable.
  • If you update your food facility registration before October 1, 2018, you must renew your registration before December 31, 2018 and provide us with any updated information, if applicable.

 

  • As a reminder, if you are the new owner of a registered food facility, the previous owner is required to cancel the food facility’s registration within 60 calendar days of the change of ownership and you must re-register the facility reflecting the new ownership (see 21 CFR 1.234 and 1.235).

The owner, operator, or agent in charge of the facility, or a person authorized by one of them, can submit a facility’s registration renewal electronically at http://www.access.fda.gov/. Please note that you must first create or have an existing FURLS account to access the module and submit your renewal.

Microduction® Press Release

Check out our press release in Quality Assurance Magazine, Supermarket News, and Nutraceuticals World! 

http://www.qualityassurancemag.com/article/onset-worldwide-introduces-microduction-validated-5-log-kill-step-system/ 

https://www.supermarketnews.com/sponsored-content/validated-5-log-kill-step-system-set-change-food-industry-microduction

https://www.nutraceuticalsworld.com/contents/view_breaking-news/2018-08-28/validated-5-log-kill-step-system-hopes-to-change-food-industry/

Pesticide Tolerance Levels – Update

You can search each pesticide on the EPA website. Here are instructions: https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-tolerances/how-search-tolerances-pesticide-ingredients-code-federal-regulations
 

For Organic pesticide levels, USDA organic regulation allows for pesticide/herbicide residue due to cross contamination up to 5% of the EPA tolerance for each pesticide on the specific product. 

 
Some testing results will indicate pesticide residues for which EPA has not established a tolerance, and the FDA has not established an action level. Therefore, the USDA Organic limit defaults is 0.01 parts per million (ppm); however (and this is contradicting) the FDA level defaults to 0.00.
 
“FDA considers samples that contain pesticide residues for which no tolerances have been established by EPA to be in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. FDA uses this information to develop compliance activities, such as conducting targeted testing or implementing Import Alerts to flag future shipments for closer scrutiny.”
 
Another caveat, chia seeds may not be considered “oilseeds” with regards to pesticide tolerances established by the EPA. I’ve been in contact with the EPA to establish with commodity grouping chia falls under. This is their reply as of June 2018: “The good news is that we are going to add chia seed to the cereal grain group, which is currently crop group 15 in 40 CFR 180.41. The bad news is that it will be a few years before that is implemented through rulemaking to revise 40 CFR 180.41. The crop group expert is currently working on all of the changes to the cereal grain group, which has to go through an internal approval process. Then it has to be included in a proposed regulation and a final regulation. We are currently working on Phases 5 and 6 of the crop group rule changes; the cereal grain group is likely to be in Phase 7.”
 
For oilseeds, glyphosate tolerances on conventional is 40 ppm, and therefore, for organic, the tolerance is 2 ppm. Diquat isn’t listed for oilseeds, and therefore the tolerance is 0 ppm. Other pesticides/herbicides can be searched using the link above. 
 
More information >
 
 
In summary, things are confusing, the government agencies are contradicting (according to what I’ve researched), and there is still gray area with regards to ‘chia seeds’ specifically. 
 
-Sara Morrison

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Milling Flax and Chia!

We are regularly milling flax and chia seeds at our NJ facility. We can toll process or supply the seed. Our process has proprietary developments to nitro-mill® the whole seeds. This modified atmosphere milling preserves the nutrients and extend the shelf life. The system is complete with rare earth magnets and an in-line metal detector. 

Email us for a quote or quality documents today!