OUR DRIED TROPICAL FRUITS
Our dried tropical fruit is different than what other suppliers are offering and promising you. When we say they are totally natural, they are as natural as when they came off the trees. Our fruit comes from our own farm in Belize and has been dried at our drying facility (inspected and approved by the USDA) and shipped to our farm in the State of Washington, where we repack and ship, out of a controlled environment.
A lot of the dried fruit that is offered on the internet comes from China, Thailand, Philippines and other far eastern countries. The general practice in those countries is to add preservatives, sugar dips, salt and dyes to their product to preserve the fruit under less than ideal circumstances, so that they can still be called organic. Most are treated with high sugar content solution to improve shelf life or are treated with sulfur dioxide. Bananas are treated with an 80 % sugar solutions and 2,000 ppm SO2, which will give them a nice white appearance. (Our bananas look brown). Mango and Papaya fruit is dipped in a solution of 60 – 80-% sugar and 8,000 ppm of Sulfur dioxide for 2-4 hours before drying. Sometimes salt is added. Some people are allergic to sulfites and dried fruits from these countries may also be contaminated with Fungi and Toxins.
The difference is pretty obvious with our completely organic products - nothing added, no preservatives and dried naturally - versus the osmotic dehydration by others, using high concentration of sugar or salt. Last year the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) issued an alert about imports of dried fruit that were contaminated with unapproved additives. The full FDA Alert 21-4 report is printed below.
Our dried fruit does not have any sulphites or other preservatives like salt, sugar or anything else. Naturally grown, harvested, dried, stored and shipped by us. We have complete control of the entire process which very few shippers and supplier can claim.
On the positive side dried fruit has many wonderful things going for it. It is healthy, loaded with many micronutrients and anti-oxidants. It’s a great source of fiber and very nutritious since dried fruit contains about the same amount of nutrients as fresh fruit, but it has been condensed in a much smaller package. One piece of dried fruit contains by weight about one third of the amount of fiber and micro nutrients than fresh fruit. To enjoy the best health benefits from dried fruit, stay away from the ‘Candied Fruit’ and carefully read the labels and information on the product.
Eat dried fruit in moderation along with other nutritious foods that can supply most daily vitamin needs except for vitamin C.
• Great to use as snacks between meals. (Beats chips any time)
• Can be turned into powder for use in shakes and juices
• Use in breakfast cereals
• Boost for antioxidants
• Hydrate and use in salads
Can be preserved for a long time
Ideal for camping trips
Import Alert # 21-04 - Published Date: 02/24/2017
Analysis of these samples revealed non-permitted or undeclared color additives and non-nutritive sweeteners, a problem that appears to be pervasive in the industry. Dried, preserved fruits from Taiwan were found to contain non-nutritive sweeteners (saccharin and/or cyclamates, and one contained dulcin) and unapproved and/or undeclared color additives such as FD&C Yellow #5 (C.I. No. 19140 - tartrazine) FD&C Red #3 (C.I. No. 45430 - Erythrosine), and Carmoisine (C.I. No. 14720 - former ext. D&C Red #10)”.
Reason for Alert:
NOTE: The revision to this import alert dated 04/4/2013 updates the import alert format/language, modifies the reason for alert and guidance sections, transfers the firms/products on the Red List to the applicable Import Alert (either 45-02 or 45-07), removes the filth charge, clarifies the applicable charges and updates the general product codes for the Peoples Republic of China, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) and Taiwan. Changes are noted and bracketed by three asterisks (***).
FDA conducted an import targeting project for preserved fruits in which samples of preserved, sweetened, dehydrated, candied, dried and/or salted fruits from Southeast Asian countries/areas were collected. Analysis of these samples revealed non-permitted or undeclared color additives and non-nutritive sweeteners, a problem that appears to be pervasive in the industry.
Dried, preserved fruits from Taiwan were found to contain non-nutritive sweeteners (saccharin and/or cyclamates, and one contained dulcin) and unapproved and/or undeclared color additives such as FD&C Yellow #5 (C.I. No. 19140 - tartrazine) FD&C Red #3 (C.I. No. 45430 - Erythrosine), and Carmoisine (C.I. No. 14720 - former ext. D&C Red #10).
Dried fruit that has not been treated with sweeteners or salt as a preservative are not subject to detention without physical examination under this alert.
Note: Dried, preserved fruits from countries/areas other than Hong Kong SAR, the Peoples Republic of China and Taiwan subject to detention without physical examination due to undeclared and/or non-permitted sweeteners are addressed in Import Alert #45-07, Detention Without Physical Examination of Food Products Containing Illegal Undeclared Sweeteners and undeclared and/or non-permitted colors are addressed in Import Alert #45-02 Detention Without Physical Examination and Guidance of Foods Containing Illegal and/or Undeclared Colors.