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Caudill Sprouting LLC is honored to be a member of the Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH)Click here to read more »

Caudill Sprouting LLC is honored to be a member of the Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH) at the renowned Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and to serve on its Sprout Safety Task Force.

Dan Caudill, Chief Operations Officer of Caudill Seed Co., serves on IFSH’s Technical Advisory Board. Composed of the FDA and food industry representatives, the board reviews research proposals and sets annual research priorities for the vital work conducted on the campus of this prestigious university.

“We fully support the Sprouts Safety Alliance formed in February 2012 through a joint venture between IFSH and the FDA

Caudill Sprouting Co. has always been on the cutting edge of research and development in sprout safety.

IFSH builds on and expands the important work of NCFST, a unique research consortium consisting of IIT, the FDA, and the food industry. For more than 20 years, the center has provided a setting for scientists from industry, academia and government to pool their scientific expertise and institutional perspectives to ensure the production of safe, wholesome foods.

“At Caudill Sprouting, safety and quality control come first.”

Established in 2011, IFSH plays a vital role in assisting the nation’s food companies and regulators with practical, authoritative information employing science-based outcomes. The world-class food science research institute produces valuable research in the areas of food safety.

IFSH’s Sprout Safety Task Force was formed to focus on food safety guidance and critical research needs required for the safe production of sprouts. Serving alongside Caudill Sprouting on the task force are Jonathan Sprouts, Brassica Protection Products, the International Sprout Growers Association, and the Illinois Institute of Technology.

A sub-committee of the task force was created to develop a Sprout Safety Audit Checklist that would serve as a tool for sprout growers in reviewing their operations and for sprout-specific third party audits.

In light of new requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (2011), the efforts of the IFSH are important to ensure that the food industry meets and exceeds its mandated preventive controls.

For more information about the Institute, visit:

‘A’ grade in global food safety recertificationClick here to read more »

Caudill Seed to receive an ‘A’ grade in global food safety recertification
Leading seed supplier is committed to industry best practices

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Caudill Seed Co. has been recommended for and will receive an “A” grade certification from the British Retail Consortium (BRC), a certified body for the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), for its Caudill Sprouting, CS Health and Whole Alternatives subsidiaries.

“We are very proud to have become the first sprouting seed company in the industry to receive BRC certification back in 2010.  Also, this is the first “A” rated certification to be provided to a sprouting seed supplier in North America,” said Fred Kapp, CQE, MBA, Corporate Director of Quality Assurance for Caudill Seed Co. Fred Kapp has more than 35 years of experience in quality assurance for major food and medical device companies in the United States.

“This recertification is an outgrowth of implementing the best practices in the industry,” said Dan Caudill, Chief Operations Officer. “We are committed to no less than excellence when it comes to food safety.”

The BRC Global Standards, adopted by retailers in North America and the European Union, assure the highest food safety standards in the world for production, packaging, storage and distribution of food products. According to the BRC, many UK, North American and many European retailers and brand owners will only consider business with suppliers who have gained certification to the appropriate BRC Global Standard.

Before suppliers may receive a certification, they must undergo and pass an independent 3rd party audit. To date, more than 17,000 suppliers in over 90 countries have achieved certification against one of the Global Standards.

BRC institutes a series of checks to ensure that all issues in connection with food handling and packaging are addressed promptly with the utmost of safety in mind.

Third-party food safety audits are extremely important to Caudill Seed. In addition to BRC, the company has also earned superior ratings by “AIB International,” and is also audited and approved by Food Protection Services against GSFI standards as well as Certified Kosher by the “Orthodox Union” and Certified Organic through the National Organic Program (NOP) and audited by “Quality Assurance International.” Of course, our customers are always welcome to visit us for unannounced audits against these as well as their own internal standards, which many routinely do. Caudill Seed falls under the auspices of the FDA and meets all of its regulations. Caudill Sprouting, as well as Whole Alternatives and CS Health, strive to reach the highest food safety standards that can be met on their products with 3rd party validations.

Caudill Seed, founded in 1947 by Forrest Caudill as a wholesale farm seed company, has grown to become one of the nation’s largest seed suppliers.

Safety Seed- 3rd test:Click here to read more »

We completed our third test of the Safety Seed with McCoy & McCoy. Again we show that we are averaging 3 or more logs reduction across all pathogens. With the previous tests we used Alfalfa, so this time we choose to include a cross section of seeds to confirm it worked on other seeds.

The results are as follows:

Seed - E. Coli 0157:H7

  • Alfalfa – 6.56 log reduction
  • Clover - 3.56 log reduction
  • Onion – 6.00 log reduction

Seed - Salmonella typhi

  • Alfalfa - 2.39 log reduction
  • Clover - 3.70 log reduction
  • Onion - 4.27 log reduction

Seed - Listeria monocytogenes

  • Alfalfa - 5.96 log reduction
  • Clover - 4.90 log reduction
  • Onion - 6.50 log reduction

The test was a success in showing that the seed type is not a significant factor in the killing power of the treatment. Salmonella was particularly low this time in alfalfa, but the previous two tests show it averaging near 3 logs consistently.
The use of Safety Seed, plus Calcium Hypochlorite which in our tests, published works, and the recent

Caudill Sprouting - Safety Seed Seal

work done by BBP/IEH/Scholl group shows that you should expect at least two logs, then means that five plus logs are possible on conventional seed.
We continue our R&D to fine tune Safety Seed, and have recently purchased new state of the art equipment in our attempt to keep progressing towards the supplying you organic seed with significant pathogen reduction. Our R&D group is working hard on this and we will certainly keep you appraised if our effort pays off.

New Email addressesClick here to read more »

Starting soon, our sales and support staff will be getting new email addresses. The old ones will of course be good for a while; but please make an effort to switch.

Thank You!

2010 Year End InventoryClick here to read more »

Please be prepared, we will be counting inventory December 16 &17, and will not be able to ship. Please get with your salesperson and get your orders in a little early for the Christmas season.

Dun Peas –Click here to read more »

I don’t know what we started but it’s good. Another shipment of Dun Peas is on the water and should be here by around Christmas. Get you orders in soon.

New Control panel now available!Click here to read more »

Caudill Spouting Equipment: Our New Control Panel

We have updated our control panel on our Rotary drums, to make it easier to program and control. This is now available on all new equipment, and available as a retro-fit for most of the older models.

Sprouting EquipmentClick here to read more »

Sprouting Equipment

Complete line of sprouting equipment available including:
Rotary Drums
Bean cabinet
Sanitizer (bubbler)
Complete tray systems (not pictured).

Dear Sprouters,Click here to read more »

There are many issues you have to deal with everyday in your operations, paying bills, inventory management, taking orders, packing product, etc. the list seems endless. However, one of the inevitable truths is that the job is not done until the paperwork is completed. We wanted to work with you on one of these issues that is also critical to Food Safety, this being traceability paperwork. Should there ever be a need to trace a batch of contaminated seed or product, there must be documentation to show:

  • Who you got each lot of seed from
  • When/how you made/processed the batch, which lot of seed was used
  • Who and when you shipped it to, and how to identify each batch

This documentation must be accurate and available to the FDA or corresponding state or local Health officials. In 2002, the FDA began requiring this documentation because of the potential threat of Bio-terrorism, see:

This requirement though is equally pertinent to any inadvertent microbiological, chemical or foreign substance contamination. This documentation will also be part of the requirements of the Sprouters Audit checklist, which we will all be reviewing soon. One tool that can be used is a Mock recall. This paperwork exercise can be done by tracking a random processed lot back through your system, being sure that you have all of your records on when and which lot was used and your testing associated with it, who and when you sold it to, and then backwards to the seed supplier. This exercise should be completed at least twice per year, and any failures should prompt corrective actions.

No one wishes more work to do, but this exercise a couple of time a year, will allow you to sleep better knowing your documentation is complete and ready should there ever be an issue, help satisfy the regulatory community, and help the requirements of the new upcoming audit.

BroccoliClick here to read more »

Source From NaturalNews

A chemical naturally occurring in broccoli may actually block the development of tumors in people with a certain genetic trait, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Institute of Food at Norwich in the United Kingdom. Scientists have long known that a diet high in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables contributes to a lower risk of cancer. In recent years, research has increasingly focused on one particular component of these vegetables, called sulforaphane.

“Among the phytochemicals in cruciferous vegetables that have been researched, sulforaphane is one of the more promising as a cancer fighter,” writes Patrick Quillin in his book Beating Cancer with Nutrition. In the current study, researchers found that some human and mouse prostate cells were less likely to turn cancerous when exposed to the chemical. The effect was only seen, however, in cell lines deficient in a gene known as PTEN. “The cells became less competitive,” researcher Richard Mithen said. PTEN produces a protein that suppresses tumors by regulating cell growth and natural cell death. The gene also plays a role in cell movement and genetic regulation within cells. Previous research has linked a weakened or absent PTEN gene to a faster spread of prostate cancer.

“PTEN is a tumor suppressor gene, the deletion or inactivation of which can initiate prostate cancer development and enhance the probability of its progression,” Mithen said. “We’ve shown that sulforaphane has different effects depending on whether the PTEN gene is present.”

Eating broccoli is only one part of a healthy, cancer-fighting lifestyle, said Kate Holmes of The Prostate Cancer Charity. “Moving away from a diet rich in meat and saturated fat will improve overall health and reduce the risk of chronic conditions like heart disease, as well as possibly helping to prevent prostate cancer,” she said. “A diet rich in fruit and vegetables combined with a physically active lifestyle gives you the best chance of protecting your long-term health.”

To learn more about how to fight disease with a healthy diet, read the free report “Nutrition Can Save America!” at:

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