GMP Audit/ HACCP Certificate

We are proud to announce that our Food Safety Program is now in compliance with a HACCP (Hazard analysis and critical control points) Certificate through GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) auditing.

By being GMP compliant we demonstrate the highest standards when it comes to Traceability, Pest Control, and Microbial Testing in the on-going effort to ensure the best quality of  mushrooms from our facility to your table. 


Food Safety & Hokto Mushrooms

America’s food supply is among the safest in the world, yet recent salmonella outbreaks in eggs have some people wondering about what foods are safe to eat and what to do to avoid food-borne illness.

Today’s blog takes a look at foods with the lowest risk and includes tips on how to handle and prepare food to keep contamination at an all time low.

The FDA estimates that there are more than 76 million cases of food-borne illness annually, meaning making wise food choices and taking simple precautions can lower the risk dramatically. The best way to avoid food-borne illness is to prevent it. Foods most likely to cause food poisoning include raw or undercooked meat, poultry and fish, and unpasteurized milk.

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Boost Your Fiber Intake – Eat Mushrooms!

September is a busy month for food and is the monthly host for additional culinary delights, some of which pair quite nicely with mushrooms. It turns out that September is also National Wild Rice and National Organic Harvest Month. What a great fit if you’re in the mood for celebrating these monthly themes!

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September is National Mushroom and National Cholesterol Education Month

We continue to commemorate mushrooms during the month of September; however, the ninth month of the year is also National Cholesterol Education Month and National Self Improvement month (no kidding).

Over twenty years ago, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) launched the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) in order to help reduce illness and death from coronary heart disease (CHD) by reducing the percent of Americans with high blood cholesterol.

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Fun Mushroom Facts for National Mushroom Month

September is National Mushroom Month and is a great time to enjoy an exotic food once reserved for royalty. I’d like to present some fun facts about mushrooms. Let’s see how mushroom savvy we are!

Did you know?

While often thought of as a vegetable and prepared like one, mushrooms are actually a fungus, a special type of living organism that has no roots, leaves, flowers or seeds.

Mushrooms are more closely related to animals than plants and like most living organisms, are 85-95 percent water. Also similar to mammals, mushrooms take in oxygen for their digestion and metabolism and “exhale” carbon dioxide as a waste product.

Mushrooms grow from spores, not seeds, and a single mature mushroom will drop as many as 16 billion spores!

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Back to School with Hokto


Most kids are excited about the prospect of going back to school–new clothes, new books, new supplies, –an opportunity to reconnect with classmates. But going back to school also means increased exposure to germs. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that nearly 22 million school days are lost each year due to the common cold, flu and other infections.

And, unfortunately, as nationwide budget cuts increase, larger class sizes, shorter school years and fewer staff, including janitorial services means a less clean classroom.

When preparing children for going back to school, learning about germ prevention and healthy habits are just as important as reading, writing and arithmetic.

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Add Pizzazz with Hokto Mushrooms

Frozen dinners have come a long way since the ‘50s. Today, with the increased use of microwave ovens and less time spent stove cooking, frozen dinners have become a large part our dinner meal time. According to a Harris Interactive online survey, each American chills out with six frozen meals per month. Research by the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) reports that over $4.5 billion is spent on frozen meals per year, mostly because consumers want convenience and prefer to eat dinner at home after a busy week. Summer excursions and back-to-school shopping trips cut further into dinner prep time, resulting in even less time spent on meal planning and cooking and increased spending on frozen entrees and pizza.

Fun Facts:

1. The average American eats an average of 46 slices (23 pounds) of pizza a year.

2. Americans eat approximately 100 acres of pizza each day, or 350 slices per second.

3. Kids between the ages of 3 to 11 prefer pizza over all other food groups for lunch and dinner.

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Food Trends of 2010 & Hokto Mushroom’s Flavorful Nutrition – Part 3

Emphasis on Flavorful Foods with Nutritional Benefits

The standard American diet (also known as SAD) is typically high in processed foods, which tend to be high in saturated and hydrogenated fats, high in sugar and salt and low in complex carbohydrates and fiber.

Two emerging food trends in the US have been identified as a demand for more nutritious food and food with flavor. The latest food trends include get back to basics with meals that are quick, but with an emphasis on flavor and also offering superior nutritional value.

Food with Health Benefits – Functional Foods

While there’s no formal definition for “functional food,” the meaning typically includes foods that provide a health-promoting or disease-preventing property beyond the basic function of supplying vitamins and minerals. For example, tomatoes contain a “phyto-nutrient” (plant compound) known as lycopene and is associated with a lower risk for prostate cancer. For example, tomatoes could be referred to as a functional food for men with increased risk for prostate cancer. Functional foods have also been extended to include processed foods or foods and beverages fortified with health-promoting additives, such as calcium enriched orange juice (to lower risk for osteoporosis). Fermented foods with live cultures are also included in the functional food category with probiotic benefits.

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