The APEX 85 is a chemical-free system that uses radio frequency technology to reduce the level of harmful pathogens from foods.
It was backed by the Almond Board of California’s Technical Expert Review Panel (TERP).
The certification validates the processes for raw almonds at Sran Family Orchards at Kerman, California. The firm processes organic and conventional almonds.
“This technology is truly a game-changer for the almond industry and we are proud to be the only processor in the US with this validation for natural almonds,” said Lakhy Sran, partner at Sran Family Orchards.
RF Biocidics’ APEX 85 system can maintain temperatures high enough to achieve microbial reduction for pasteurization, but not so high as to roast the almonds.
Vincent Chun, board member of RF Biocidics, and VP of Allied Minds, its parent company, said: “Consumer demand and the Food Safety Modernization Act are guiding the food industry towards organic, chemical-free processes, so APEX 85’s TERP certification is perfectly aligned with the market’s needs.
“We believe our radio-frequency technology will be a compelling alternative for California’s 6,800 almond growers because it has minimal change to the taste and texture of the nut.”
In a trading statement earlier this year, Allied Minds said there was revenue shortfall at RF Biocidics (RFB), which following initial regulatory approval required certification for each installation which was delaying revenue.
It said the company was working with regulators to streamline the process.