Ozone in the Food Industry

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Ozone in the Food Industry
There has recently been multiple published incidents where contaminated food products have found their way into the market place and ultimately onto the consumer’s table. When this happens, typically the remedial action is to do a mass recall of any products that are even remotely suspected of being contaminated. But the damage that happens when a product is recalled is far greater and significant than the direct financial loss the business suffers from mass- recalling and destroying large quantities of their product that is already on the store shelves and ready to be sold. For example costs resulting for lawsuits launched by the consumers affected by the recalled product can be significant. The bad publicity it brings and the loss of trust in the brand or the manufacturer of the tainted product can present even more significant liability than the monetary loss incurred due to the cost of recalling the tainted product. The Benefits of Ozone in Preventing Food Contamination Ozone is well known for its ability to quickly and effectively kill the majority of microbiological organisms including some that are resistant to chlorine. Moreover, unlike chlorine, ozone leaves no dangerous trace by-products and therefore can be used not only for sanitizing work surfaces that come into contact with the processed food but can also be used to sanitize the food as well. This can be accomplished by spraying fruits and vegetables with ozonated water thereby destroying any organic contaminants that may be present. Also, ozonating processed meat and meat products will ensure that they are free of any traces of bacteria or other microbiological contaminants. Ozone can also be injected inside cold rooms and other storage compartments that house perishable foods. And unlike chlorine and other chemicals that leave the residue even after the sanitization process has been completed, ozone will leave the food residuefree when the food is ready to be packaged, consumed or further processed. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of ozone as both a direct and indirect antimicrobial agent for the treatment, storage and processing of foods. – Source: Ozone Cip: Ozone Cleaning in Place in Food Industries, Albert Canut, Andrés Pascual, IOA Conference and Exhibition Valencia, Spain - October 29 – 31, 2007.

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Use of Ozone for “Clean in Place” ( CIP ) and Work Surface Sanitization In addition to keeping the food source clean and free of microbiological contamination, ozone is also effective in decontaminating and sanitizing equipment and common processing areas (benches, tables, floors, racks, processing equipment, etc.). Published research even suggests ozone to be more effective than chlorine in sterilizing certain microbiological growth on stainless steel (SS) surfaces (Source: A Comparison of Ozonation and Chlorination for the Disinfection of Stainless Steel Surface, ANNEL K. GREENE, BRIAN K. FEW, and JOAO C. SERAFINI, Department of Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences, Clernson University - Clemson, SC 29634.) The above study used artificially induced bacterial growth on milk culture found on stainless steel plate samples. The study concluded ozone effectiveness to be equivalent to a 4.6 log reduction for chlorinated sanitizer and 5.6 log reduction for ozone for P. fluorescens. The equivalent to a 4.2 log reduction for chlorinated sanitizer and a 4.4 log reduction for ozone for A. faecalis was also documented. While both chlorine and ozone were able to achieve bacterial inactivation significantly above the 99% percentile, ozone was found to be slightly more effective for sanitizing stainless steel surfaces. Other Benefits of Ozone in the Food Industry The other major benefit of ozone is that it can be effectively combined with other food sanitation procedures without any adverse reaction or need to change the already established procedures used to sanitize food or perform other CIP procedures on surfaces that come in contact with food. Ozonation can be used in conjunction with a hot water wash of work surfaces as well as prior to the application of chlorine or other chemicals used to sanitize work surfaces. Ozone technology is very portable and does not require more than the initial investment to purchase the equipment (ozone is generated on site using ambient air so there are no storage or shipping costs). The technology is very scalable making it available to even the smallest food processing facilities .

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Ozone Use in The Food Industry – Conclusion. The benefits of introducing ozone as a means of keeping rocessed and packaged food free of microbiological contamination, are well documented. Ozone has been approved by the FDA for both indirect and direct contact with handled food. Ozonation is an inexpensive, portable and very effective technology that can be used as a stand-alone method for preventing food source contamination and it may be used in conjunction with the other cleaning and sterilization processes and as well. As such the use of ozonation technology in the food processing, packaging or any other application where food could be exposed to the contaminant, is strongly recommended. If you have an application that requires the use of ozone and need help sizing a unit please contact an Ozmotics representative at 1-877-386-3763. About Us: Ozmotics is a division of Optrics Inc. [www.Optrics.com], which specifically deals with ozone generation and associated technologies. Optrics Inc. has been actively in business since 1995 with in-house expertise in the areas of professional engineering services, computer and instrumentation systems, mathematics and software design. Our value is in offering solutions versus products, our focus is on customer service and we excel at solving technical problems that might be considered outside the norm. We measure our success by our large number of satisfied and repeat customers and invite you to experience the same. Our Ozone Generators are a quantum leap in ozone technology. Utilizing microfluidic platform technology and excellent durability, they reliably provide ultra pure, highly concentrated ozone for a wide variety of applications.

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