Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Decontaminating Dry Processing Environments

Our proprietary chlorine dioxide gas is well suited for the decontamination of dry processing environments as it is a dry gas fumigation method.  As a true gas, it is able to completely fill the space it is introduced into evenly and completely, leaving no surfaces uncontacted.  Our pure chlorine dioxide gas does not leave behind a residue either, making it extremely safe for use within the processing environment.  It is also registered as a sterilant, proven to eliminate all bacteria, viruses, fungi and spores.

Sporicidal reduction is aided by the addition of moisture, with an optimal range of 65% RH and above.  This elevated humidity causes the hard-shelled spore to swell and crack open, allowing chlorine dioxide gas to enter into the spore and kill it. Even though this runs contrary to the theory of dry processing environments, raising the humidity level can be considered acceptable.  Following the introduction of moisture, a reliable and highly effective sterilant capable of eliminating all microbial life is introduced.  This sterilant, chlorine dioxide gas, would kill any microbes within the space wherever they may exist.  This includes cracks and crevices that are harder for traditional sanitation methods to reach and have efficacy within.

For those who still don't agree with the idea of raising humidity within a dry processing environment, studies show that humidity is not as necessary for the decontamination of salmonella and other non-spore forming bacteria.  Our chlorine dioxide gas has shown a 6-log reduction of salmonella typhimurium at 25% RH while using the standard concentration and dosage.

In either scenario, chlorine dioxide gas is a useful method of decontaminating dry processing environments.  It offers the most effective method of decontamination available across a number of different applications and environment types.  To learn about other applications within the food industry, please click here.

Visit us this week at the Food Safety Consortium in Chicago, where we'll be speaking during the Listeria Workshop taking place tomorrow from 9-12 CST, and exhibiting at table #124.

You can also visit us next week at the Food Quality Symposium in Palm Springs, CA.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Spiral Freezer Decon

Dr. Jeff Kornacki of Kornacki Microbiology Solutions, Inc says, "Spiral Freezers were designed by the devil to contaminate food with listeria."  While we've never seen a devil horn logo on any Spiral Freezers we've come across, the sentiment is there. They are a real pain for food manufacturing sites.

Spiral Freezers are a perfect storm for listeria growth.  They are constructed to minimize the inside chamber in order to reduce cooling costs, making them hard to clean using traditional sanitation methods.  There's an unhealthy amount of condensation and moisture within the freezer, which helps promote microbial growth by providing water to any organisms which find their way in.

Chlorine dioxide gas is uniquely situated to overcome the challenges of decontaminating Spiral Freezers.  Chlorine dioxide is a true gas at room temperature, meaning that it fills the space its contained within evenly and completely.  It also has a molecule size smaller than the smallest virus, allowing it to reach deeper into cracks and crevices than pathogens can hide.  Combining this with our Decontamination Service Team's experience in overcoming complex challenges and applications allows us to decontaminate Spiral Freezers quickly and effectively.  Earlier this year, our team was able to finally eradicate a listeria problem from a Spiral Freezer which had been shut down for 8 months.  The facility had employed the use of a number of different sanitation strategies: Ozone, Peracetic Acid, Heat, Enzymes, and even a different chlorine dioxide gas provider without being able to fully eliminate the problem.  After working with our team, the facility was able to get the Spiral Freezer listeria free and back into production.

Contact us for more information on how we approach Spiral Freezers and how we might be able to help out.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Preventive Food Safety Program

We are extremely proud to announce a new tool for the food industry to improve their food safety profile, our Preventive Food Safety Program.  This program offers a wide variety of services and solutions to help food facilities identify gaps within their food safety program, improve their Environmental Monitoring and Sanitation programs, and ensure that their liabilities are properly managed.

The Preventive Food Safety Program brings together food safety experts from a number of leading companies to provide the most all-encompassing portfolio of services aimed to prevent contamination and manage liability.  Services include:

  • Establishment an Emergency Contamination Response Plan
  • Addition of Routine Preventive Decontamination to Supplement Current Sanitation
  • Conducting a Comprehensive Food Safety Program Review
  • Assessing and Challenging the Existing Environmental Monitoring Program
  • Reviewing and/or Establishing a Recall Plan
  • Conducting Mock Inspections
  • Challenging and Validating Your Current Laboratory
  • Reviewing Your Insurance Policies and Coverages
  • Reviewing and Addressing Your Legal Liabilities
  • Offering On-site and Off-site Training to Increase Your Team’s Knowledge and Capabilities

Organizations Participating in the Preventive Food Safety Program are:

Program Benefits:
  • You can select only the services you need
  • There are no markups for these services, so there is no premium for bundling these services within the Preventive Food Safety Program
  • All services are obtained through one purchasing source
  • All services performed under NDA or Attorney Client Privilege
To learn more, visit www.clordisys.com/preventiveprogram or contact Kevin Lorcheim at kevinlorcheim@clordisys.com