Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why are additional food safety precautions necessary?
A safe food supply is vital to human health and the economy. Too often food products carry disease causing bacteria before harvest. If ineffectively processed or packaged the bacteria in the product can rapidly multiply to dangerous levels. According to a report published by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), seafood is the leading known cause of foodborne illness outbreaks. The next largest contributors are eggs, fruits and vegetables, beef and poultry.
2. What causes food poisoning?
Food poisoning is an acute, often manifested as severe gastrointestinal disorder caused by eating food contaminated with bacteria or the toxins they produce. For some consumers, foodborne illness results in temporary discomfort or lost time from work or other daily activity. For others, especially older adults, children, and those with impaired immune systems, a foodborne illness may have serious or long-term consequences, and may be life-threatening. The risk of foodborne illness is of increasing concern due to changes resulting from globalization, aging of our population, changes in consumer eating habits, changes in food production practices, and increasing numbers of immunocompromised individuals.
3. What are pathogens?
They are agents that cause infection or disease, especially a microorganism, such as a bacterium or protozoan, or a virus. E. coli, Salmonella, Campylobacter and Listeria are the leading cause of over five thousand deaths each year in the U.S. alone, and lead to product recall and loss to the economy.
4. What are food contaminants?
Contaminants are adulterants that alter the purity of the food.
5. How does iPura represent “The Highest Standard in Food Safety?
iPura represents The Highest Standard in Food Safety based on its comprehensive daily on-site food safety services imbedded in the iPura Food Safety and Quality Assurance Services Program. This program executes proprietary science-based controls to mitigate foodborne pathogens, and to identify and prevent contaminants and banned substances from entering your food supply.
6. What is the “organic clean step“?
It is an organic non-thermal microbial kill step performed by Global Food Technologies prior to packaging, using our proprietary turn-key hardware and trained personnel. The microbial intervention is a patented hurdle technology representing a combination of scientific interventions to achieve superior efficacy. Our organic technologies are focused on the elimination of food poisoning due to the ingestion of E.coli, Salmonella, Listeria, Campylobacter, Vibrio and other deadly pathogens which frequently contaminate food products during the farming, processing and packaging stages.
7. What is packaging within a “controlled environment”?
Our processing environment is created by laminar airflow, positive air pressure, and HEPA filtration to mitigate cross-contamination. In addition, the ambient temperature of the processing room is tightly controlled to suppress microbial proliferation on the product and food contact surfaces.
8. Does iPura alter the food?
No. Our organic microbial interventions address foodborne hazards without affecting the natural taste, texture or color while safeguarding nutritional value.
9. How is iPura “natural”?
The iPura Food Safety and Quality Assurance Services Program utilizes only environmentally friendly and organic antimicrobial washes, clean water, pressure, vacuum, and non-thermal temperatures to perform multiple microbial interventions.
10. Why does GFT employ an on-site microbiologist at each licensed food processing facility?
As part of the comprehensive food safety and quality assurance services program, we conduct daily efficacy testing of product as well as environmental monitoring of the processing facility. In addition to independent laboratory analysis which tests for banned substances and chemicals, the on-site laboratory tests daily for pathogens with PCR, ELISA, and other rapid testing methods.
11. Why does iPura monitor temperature throughout the distribution chain?
iPura products are handled with strict adherence to the optimal storage temperature to maintain safety, freshness and quality.
12. What is a point-of-origin marker?
Each master carton is tagged with an iPura identification marker that allows immediate identification to source, date and batch.
13. How is iPura insured?
All products that carry the iPura seal are insured against regulatory intervention and product recall at all stages in the distribution chain. This unique insurance coverage is attached to the product and indemnifies each stakeholder in the chain of possession, a new paradigm in perishable food product insurance.
14. How does iPura protect against piracy?
Anti-counterfeit measures are implemented with authentication labeling and Intaglio technology on all iPura products. This maximum security measure is taken to assure the highest level of safety and security to customers around the world.
15. What is independent certification?
The iPura Food Safety and Quality Assurance Services Program requires an independent certification of the facility’s food safety and quality plan for each of its licensees. The iPura Program currently recognizes the BAP Certification by the Aquaculture Certification Council, the Safe Quality Food Certification (SQF level 3) by the Food Marketing Institute and British Retail Consortium (Grade A) as qualified requisite programs.
16. Is iPura FDA approved?
iPura food safety controls meet and exceed U.S. HACCP regulations and Good Manufacturing Practices. The organic antimicrobial agents are allowed under the Code of Federal Regulations 21 CFR part 173. The use of the organic antimicrobial agent for seafood is allowed under an approved FDA Food Contact Notification.
17. How does iPura support existing food brands?
Maintaining brand integrity requires use of the best available technologies and practices to address the concerns of consumers, industry and governments in all major markets. When contaminated products reach the market, company brand and market share are at stake. Distributing defective food can irreparably harm a company’s bottom line. Sourcing and providing “The Highest Standard in Food Safety” is in the best interest of all food industry stake-holders.
18. How does iPura benefit processors?
Processors who have an iPura licensing contract with Global Food Technologies are licensed to affix the iPura seal on their products. The iPura food safety seal is a symbol of excellence. With iPura processors can:
• Exceed food safety regulatory mandates.
• Add integrity and value to their company and products.
• Be a leader in Food Safety.
• Profit by meeting consumer demand for safety and quality.
• Pass on costs to consumers who are demanding safer food.
• Benefit from iPura marketing support.
• Gain a competitive edge over competitors by offering iPura products to buyers.
An important consequence of national efforts to control imports of food that fail to comply with statutory minimum sensory and safety quality standards has been the rejection and sometimes destruction of significant quantities of product. This causes serious interruptions of international trade and results in large product and financial losses.” - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO): 2004 Conference on Food Trade, Consequences of Quality Defects for the International Food Trade.
19. How does iPura benefit the entire food supply chain?
Food safety is a growing concern throughout the world. Consumers are more knowledgeable and sophisticated in understanding the manner in which their food supply is processed and distributed. Grocers and food service providers respond to consumer demand for increased food safety by sourcing premium products. Promoting food safety is smart business.
20. When will iPura Food Safety be available?
Products with the iPura seal will first be available for seafood in fourth quarter 2008 followed by poultry and meat products.
21. How much does iPura cost?
At the grocery store, the cost to the consumer amounts to just pennies per meal. According to the U.S. Economic Research Service the cost of food poisoning to the U.S. economy exceeds nine billion dollars a year. The cost of food poisoning to a loved one can be immeasurable.
22. How does iPura help the environment?
People everywhere all share the same need to breathe clean air, drink fresh water and eat uncontaminated food.
Only organic solutions and processes are exercised to achieve the Highest Standard in Food Safety. Toxic chemicals, for example chlorine and other products that can form deleterious byproducts such as chloroform and other THM’s, are not used in the iPura program. iPura also helps the environment by reducing the amount of rejection, recall, and shrinkage of processed products due to microbial contamination. Sensible management of our seafood resources is vital to feeding the world’s growing populations while at the same time safeguarding our natural resources.