Fair Trade certified Mayorga Organics installs food safety system for chia seeds

By Gill Hyslop

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Mayorga Organics is dedicated to creating a sustainable business model that puts farmers first.
Mayorga Organics is dedicated to creating a sustainable business model that puts farmers first.

Related tags Fair trade Organic agriculture Food safety Chia seeds

The Fair Trade importer has collaborated with food safety technology company Agri-Neo to install the Neo-Pure Food Safety System at Mayorga’s headquarters in Rockville, Maryland.

Mayorga Organics works directly with a network of small organic farmers and cooperatives throughout Latin America to continually improve their market opportunities through product diversification, technical support and community projects.

The importer’s product portfolio of chia sees and roasted coffee beans is widely available through grocers and warehouse clubs in North America. The company also provides private label manufacturing under GFSI, NOP and FDA standards.

As such, food safety and quality are critical the company’s mission.

“The Neo-Pure solution will allow us to house a validated pathogen mitigation system that keeps our chia seeds raw and organic,”​ said Martin Mayorga, president.

Helping hand from nature

Derived from plants, Neo-Pure helps to minimize the risk of pathogens and unwanted microbes in seeds, nuts, grains and sprouting seeds by denaturing bacterial and fungal cell membranes and DNA on the surface and inside crevices of food, then biodegrades completely into water.

The Neo-Pure liquid solution is applied in its dedicated food safety system to ensure total coverage of every seed, grain and nut.


It keeps the organoleptic and nutritional profile of food unaltered. Neither does affect shelf life nor germination, and prevents clumping from mucilage in seeds like chia and flax.

Neo-Pure is approved for organic use under US NOP and Canadian COR standards. It is also approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Studies conducted by third party Process Authorities and academic institutions confirm that Neo-Pure can achieve a 5-log reduction in pathogens such as Salmonella on a variety of seeds, grains and nuts, which complies with the preventative controls requirements under FSMA.

“This is a company that cares deeply about food quality and collaborating with partners. We're excited they selected our Neo-Pure system to treat their branded and private label chia seeds,”​ said Rob Wong, president and COO, Agri-Neo.

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