There is nothing more important here at Stahmanns than food safety, and that’s why we adhere to the global quality standards established by Silliker’s SQF Code Edition 7.2 at level 3 for comprehensive food safety and quality management. Our estate grown pecans are consistently tested through Silliker as part of the certification process.
COA for a Level 2 SQF Certified Pecan Grower
The following Certificate of Analysis (COA) specifications lists the quality standards that we must meet or exceed–for food safety and responsible nutrition–to maintain our status as a Level 3 SQF certified pecan grower:
|Free Fatty Acid Rate||Less than 0.6% for Fancy Products. Less than 1.0% for Choice Products|
|Acid Value||Less than 5.0 mg KOH/g.|
|Aflatoxine B1+B2+G1+G2||Less than 16.0 ppb|
|B1 Aflatoxine||Less than 2 ppb|
|Peroxide Rate Value||Less than 10 meq/kg|
|Aerobic Plate Count:||Less than 10,000 per gram|
|Coliforms -3 tube MPN||Less than 160 per gram|
|E Coli-3 tube MPN||Less than 0.3/gram|
|Listeria Monocytogenes-ELFA||Negative /25g|
|Yeast and Mold||Less than 1,000 per gram|
Why Test Pecans for Food Safety?
A COA is provided as proof of our commitment to quality wholesale pecans, and is required for food products for various industries that supply our pecans for, including bagging and distributing. The Food Safety Enhancement Act (FSEA) requires facilities to conduct hazard analysis, apply controls for prevention, and to use a plan for food safety.
Having top quality pecans is what is expected in the industry. Whether you purchase pecans for rebagging, buy pecans for commercial markets or simply buy pecans in bulk, Stahmanns has what you need.
Call us at 575-526-2453, ext. 108 or reach out to us via our Contact page to find out more.