Specialty Food Magazine

FALL 2019

Specialty Food Magazine is the leading publication for retailers, manufacturers and foodservice professionals in the specialty food trade. It provides news, trends and business-building insights that help readers keep their businesses competitive.

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Salt is salt, right? Think again. It's reasonable to believe every container of salt contains just what's on the label. It's even more reasonable to believe that, in today's food-safety conscious world, the salt we buy — and put in and on our food — is pure, safe, and has gone through rigorous quality control. Consumers, restaurants, food processors, and wholesalers are often unaware that their salt contains unwanted impurities. The worst o• enders are importers that sell unprocessed Himalayan salt. There is a loophole that many in unscrupulous importers use to sell salt that is not food grade and will never be properly cleaned or inspected before it is delivered to your facility. This is because salt can come into the country with, at most, a glancing inspection as a bulk ingredient destined for further processing but never receives the proper and necessary pro- cessing. The salt on your store shelf, in your facility or in your private label product could contain contaminants from rocks/clay to metal bits to other foreign matter. Most importers do not know how to properly clean their Himalayan salt and are not in compliance with GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) safety and quality standards. Some of it is downright fi lthy. Often, such im- purities are readily detectable by the naked eye with opaque and o• -color bits of foreign matter. Pure Himalayan salt is a beautiful rosy pink salt, found in only Pakistan, and boasts a delicate fl avor. It contains important trace minerals, including calcium, potassium, and magnesium. Correctly processed high-quality Himalayan salt will be in a narrow range of colors from clear, white, pale rose to brick red. Himalayan salt that contains foreign material is much more susceptible to a recall. It is the buyer's responsibility to be aware of exactly what is in their salt. When buying Himalayan salt, be vigilant, be aware and ask questions. Take a close look at the salt – Is it clean? Is it food grade? You and your customers deserve the clean- est, purest, and safest salt possible. SaltWorks® is the largest and most trusted source for Optically Clean® Himalayan salt, per- fecting over 30 million pounds in the last 15 years. The company's Ancient Ocean® Himalayan salt is the cleanest, most rigidly and thoroughly inspect- ed salt available in the world. QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR SALT SUPPLIER: 1. Is their Himalayan salt processed in Pakistan or the U.S.? 2. Are they registered with the FDA and in compliance with new FSMA regulations? 3. Is their salt Organic Compliant? 4. Is the facility third-party audited and by what certifying body? 5. What other food safety certifi cations do they hold? Call SaltWorks® Today for a FREE Technical Sample Kit! SaltWorks Inc • seasalt.com • (800) 353-7258 ACTUAL STORE BOUGHT JAR COMPARISON Optically Clean® Not Clean All is not Rosy with Himalayan Salt. Learn how SaltWorks produces the best Himalayan Salt available Food Grade Himalayan Pink Salt: Impurities Found in Retail Jars: Rocks Clay Insolubles Foreign Matter Inclusions Advertisement

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