Steripure - Steam sterilisation services for low moisture products

Steripure offers steam sterilisation services for low moisture products, based on a unique combination of preheating, vacuum and saturated steam injection which is very effective in microbial reduction while preserving the products' organoleptic characteristics.

Treatments are optimised for low moisture products such as nuts, seeds, dried fruits, herbs and spices. Processes are validated for a >5 log reduction of pathogens such as salmonella, e-coli and thermo-resistant spores. The service is organically certified and available to importers or processors and other industrials handling low moisture products.

Steripure was founded in 2012 by Olivier Bourgois, following the vision that the agglomeration of industries, the more and more sophisticated means of product traceability, increasingly widespread media coverage of food scandals and rising conscience about microbiological risk on low moisture food ingredients will profoundly change the market's need for food safety management.

Indeed, closer monitoring of food imports and consumer goods by health authorities and more stringent regulatory oversight have led to increases in the number of recalls and identification of a larger number of food borne illness outbreaks. Recalls and outbreaks carry a huge cost not only in direct recall cost and human illness costs but they are also damaging to brands and entire product categories as a whole.

An undetected presence of pathogenic bacteria or a poorly controlled bacterial load can affect the entire product distribution chain and lead to recalls, non-conformities, and significant brand image spoilage or consumer disaffection.

Over and beyond regulatory requirements in France and Europe, the market often demands compliance to stringent specifications for producers and importers. Especially big global players such as Nestlé, Mondelez, and others who are striving towards a zero risk policy on all ingredients identified as potential risks in their value creation chain - for example, all natural ingredients like tree nuts, seeds and spices.

Steripure offers its expertise, skills and equipment to overcome and manage these constraints and risks, to diversify the possibilities of sourcing and to provide access to new markets.

The project started with a pasteurisation installation in Eguilles, France, where the company was able to demonstrate the performance of this innovative process by treating products for several European customers. Steripure was amongst the first to invest into high-end technology developed by Napasol, a Swiss company whose process is based on combining vacuum and saturated steam. Olivier Bourgois was familiar with this technology, it having been used for treating vanilla products in the company Eurovanille which he founded with his brother before.

In 2013 Steripure expanded into a facility in Rousset, France. There, additional technology was installed to meet growing customer demand, notably two static pasteurisation lines Statisol 50 and Statisol 600 and one rotating unit Rotosol 60. In order to meet the expectations of big account buyers, third party validations for 5 log germ reduction were successfully conducted on the static and rotating units, strictly applying the only valid framework for kill-step validation as prescribed by the Almond Board of California under the Food and Drugs Administration.

Today, Steripure has moved into a large new industrial site in Gardanne (still France), designed and constructed uniquely for state of the art pasteurisation services, inspired by six years of experience as well as the essence of all customer and partner audits. The optimisation the new factory brings are notable:

  • The highly modern building corresponding to latest security and production standards
  • Optimised allergen management in storage, unpacking and repacking zones
  • Reduction of bottlenecks in unpacking and repacking zones
  • Higher flexibility in storage before and after treatment
  • Additional space for future investment into further rotating production lines
  • FSSC 22 000 certification to be obtained in 2019
  • Economies of scale allowing optimised pricing for high volume orders (100MT+ annual).

With these expanded capabilities Steripure meets the demands of customers with very large volumes as well as those with smaller volumes, and can now even more efficiently treat a full line of products while responding to the specific needs of each customer.

The solution proposed by Steripure is very efficient at relatively low temperatures with a minimal impact on products even when achieving a >5 log reduction. Steripure now offers a full range of treatments. The Statisol technology allows treating products in bulk bins with preheating and cooling options for products such as nuts, whereas the Rotosol process allows handling powders and seeds in a dynamic process that maintains materials free flowing.

Other pasteurisation technologies available on the market which do not work with saturated steam are less efficient in microbial reduction and affect the organoleptic properties of the products with moisture, overheating or mechanical damage.

With this level of expertise, capacity and technical diversity Steripure has become the European reference for pasteurisation services.

 

What do you know about steam sterilisation today?

  • Use the most recent technology on the market: The Napasol pasteurisation equipment that Steripure works with is the most sophisticated sterilisation technology on the market today. Each step of the process (preheating, pasteurisation, cooling) is controlled down to the last detail. Every production is monitored via temperature/pressure diagrams.
  • Your expert in sterilisation of nuts, seeds and vanilla: Steripure handles these products since more than four years. Treated volumes are doubling every year.
  • FDA-Type Validated for 6 log-reduction on nuts: Steripure has been validated for 6 log-reduction of salmonella on almonds and macadamia by an FDA-certified laboratory. A detailed report of the validation is available.
  • Choose an Organically Certified Service: Steripure is certified 'Organic' following ECOCERT Standards. The treatment therefore does not affect the organic certification of the products.

How do you manage food security for your production cycle?

  • Make your product safe and unique: The Steripure treatment allows for a microbiologically safe product while preserving its natural aspect. Steripure is considered the major European toll service partner providing state of the art pasteurisation optimised for nuts.
  • Homogeneous results on your batch: No matter how many or what kind of analyses you decide to make after treatment, the results will remain the same.
  • Secure your / your clients' industrial process: Pasteurising your products and ingredients eliminates risks of product recalls or contamination of your production lines. Post-treatment analyses guarantee the safety of your / your clients' value creation chain.

How do you stay competitive in a growing market with limited supply and ever higher quality requirements?

  • Access new sources and new markets: Thanks to microbial reduction without organoleptic alteration, the Steripure service grants access to sources that would not have been considered safe before. In the same way, new clients with high standards in microbiology can be acquired.
  • Make safe otherwise condemned product batches: The Steripure treatment can avoid product loss due to contamination or shelf-life expiry. Many of the batches that Steripure treats would have been destroyed or depreciated pending the pasteurisation.
  • Preserve your products' organoleptic characteristics: Treated products' taste, smell, texture and humidity levels remain virtually the same, making them appear 'natural' even after Sterilization. You will have a hard time telling a non-treated product from a treated one.

What do you appreciate when it comes to your industrial partners and suppliers?

  • Rapid lead time guaranteed: With a production capacity of up to 12 tons per day and a highly flexible production schedule, Steripure guarantees a quick return of product.
  • Complementary packaging services provided: Steripure is flexible concerning the packaging of incoming and outgoing products. From 5kg to 1 ton, any type and size of packaging can be provided - vacuumed inliners included.
  • Minimise product loss or damage thanks to batch system: The batch system (as opposed to continuous systems) allows for minimum use of product during pasteurisation and guarantees product loss below 1%.
  • Steripure offers free tests on a sample batch of your products: Get in touch with our sales department for details.

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Contact Details

Steripure Sales Team
Contact: Olga Pierson / Friedrich Homburger
Tel: +33 442 33 04 11
Email: [email protected]
URL: www.steripure.eu

Third party validations following norms and prescriptions of the Almond Board of California / FDA
View on the new industrial site in Gardanne, France
View into the big static pasteurisation line with a daily capacity of up to 15 tons
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