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Food Satety at Stamoules Produce Company

Stamoules Produce Company is part of the Pesticide Residue Free™ certification program established by Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) in 1985. NutriClean® certified growers produce fruits and vegetables with pesticide residues at or below 0.05 parts per million (ppm), well below government standards [and up to 1,000 times stricter than required by law]. These requirements were set up to reward growers whose crops exceed USDA tolerances and achieve exceptionally "clean" standards for pesticide residues.

Certification requires a comprehensive pesticide residue-testing program. SCS works with growers to decide which pesticides and application dates will allow products to be free of pesticide residues at the time of harvest while still controlling the pests for a marketable crop. As a part of the certification process, SCS reviews pesticide spray records, planting schedules, and harvest schedules to develop a field-by-field testing program. Using a directed sampling technique, SCS targets areas with the highest probability for pesticide residues in their testing procedures.

Stamoules Produce has been working with NutriClean® since 1999 and the following produce has been certified:

  • Broccoli
  • Corn
  • Cantaloupe
  • Honey Dew
  • Bell Peppers

Stamoules Produce Co. strives to provide the highest quality produce to their customers. NutriClean® certification is just one more way that they accomplish that goal.
Certification entails the following steps:

  • Certification Agreement. This agreement establishes the certification relationship between NutriClean® and the food producer.
  • Feasibility Analysis. An initial information exchange enables SCS to help the food producer project the likelihood of certification, given current practices.
  • Detailed Information Disclosure. Based on the findings of the feasibility analysis, a detailed information disclosure is provided to SCS under strict confidentiality protections.
  • Inspections and Sampling. Prior to harvest, SCS performs onsite inspections, collects worst-case field sampling of products. Additional samples are collected post-harvest as warranted by post-harvest handling procedures.
  • Laboratory Testing. Samples are routinely subjected to multi-residue analysis (even if no pesticides have been used) to test for over 200 widely used compounds. If a pesticide is disclosed that is not detectable using the multi-residue analysis, a custom analysis is conducted. Additionally, if there is a potential for the product to come into contact with a pesticide during post-harvest handling, an additional post-harvest sample is collected and tested.
  • Certification. Certification is issued if the crop meets NutriClean’s Pesticide Residue Free standard

Ingersoll Rand EMS
Surface and Air Sanitation TECHNOLOGY

Stamoules Produce Company uses Ingersoll Rand’s EMS (Environment Management System) technology in an effort to clean and sanitize the air in the cooler and any surface of their produce in lieu of using chemicals.

With the use of EMS in each cold storage room, there is up to 99.9% removal of molds, bacteria, and viruses by significantly reducing airborne and surface contaminates. This promotes a fresher, cleaner environment free of undesirable odors, which helps reduce health risks for employees, customers and visitors.

With Ingersoll Rand’s EMS, Stamoules’ customers can relax knowing that there is a significant reduction in the risk of E. coli, Salmonella, Listeria and Pseudomonas after just a few hours of treatment. The EMS technology enhances sanitation by generating anti-microbial compounds in gas form, because of this the anti-microbial compounds can reach every surface in the area and also eliminate airborne particles that act as vectors for bacterial contamination.

The EMS cleaning process is as follows:

  1. The system temporarily transforms a percentage of the oxygen molecules in the air converting them into gas phase sanitizers; destroying molds, bacteria, and viruses that circulate through the unit’s reactor.
  2. The sanitized air is diffused from the unit and into the room carrying a couple of longer lasting sanitizing compounds into the room, which continue to clean the air and effectively clean all surfaces within the enclosed environment.
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