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. 

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Pesticide Tolerance when no limit is established

“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. “

You can check pesticide tolerance levels using the instructions on our previous post. 

More information >

Pesticide Tolerances on Your Foods

You can search each pesticide tolerance level on the EPA website. Click here for instructions. 

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). More info

Microduction® Launching January 2018!

Microduction®: a total safety solution. 

The reduction of microbiological counts on food ingredients. A proprietary system developed by Onset Worldwide.

Benefits of Microduction®:

  • Organic certified process
  • No heat
  • No residual
  • Validated 5 log reduction
  • Zero yield loss caused by treatment
  • Cost effective
  • Use of seal
  • Raw

Beneficiaries:

  • Producers
  • Retailers
  • Retail brands
  • Manufacturers
  • Co-packers
  • Bakeries
  • Resellers
  • Processors

Holiday Schedule – Onset Worldwide

Our Frenchtown, NJ warehouse and production facility will be closed the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Our customer service and sales team will still be answering emails during the week on non-holiday days. The shipping/receiving and production will be closed on the following dates: 

Monday, December 25
Tuesday, December 26
Wednesday, December 27
Thursday, December 28
Friday, December 29
Monday, January 1

Please plan orders accordingly. Our customer service and sales team will still be answering emails, but our warehouse will be closed. Any questions, please email sales at onsetworldwide dot com.