Product Specifications

Silliker Testing Standards

Microbiological and Chemical Specifications for Raw Pecan Meats
Microbiological
Salmonella Negative in 25 Grams
E-Coli Less than 0.3 MPN
Coli form 100 per gram (max)
Yeast 500 per gram (max)
Mold 500 per gram (max)
Alfa toxin Less than 20 PPB
Total Plate Count 10,000 per gram (max)
Listeria Negative
Aerobic Plate Count 10,000g (max)
Chemical
Moisture 5% (max)
Peroxide Value 5 MEQ/Kg (max)
Free Fatty Acids .5% (max)

Pecan Grades

  1. Fancy means that the kernel is mostly golden color or lighter, with not more than 25 percent of the surface darker than golden, and none of the surface darker than light brown.
  2. Choice means that the kernel has more than 25 percent of its surface light brown, but not more than 25 percent of the surface darker than light brown, and none of the surface darker than medium brown.
  3. Standard means that the kernel has more than 25 percent of the surface medium brown, but not more than 25 percent of the surface darker than medium brown, and none of the surface darker than dark brown (very dark-brown or blackish-brown discoloration).