Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Controlling Spoilage Organisms and Pathogens on Food Products

Last month, the Michigan-based company, North Bay Produce, voluntarily recalled over 2,000 cases of fresh apples due to potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The recall affected a number of varieties including Fuji, Honeycrisp, McIntosh, and Red Delicious. The apples were shipped from one North Bay Produce packinghouse to wholesalers, retailers, and brokers in Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, North Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin. Thankfully, to date, health officials have not linked this recall to any reports of illness. With so many occurrences like this one in the news, ClorDiSys Solutions’ objective for 2020 is to further explore the control of spoilage organisms and pathogens on food products in order to help deliver a safer product to consumers.

ClorDiSys Solutions has always been a company driven by research.  Starting with chlorine dioxide’s effect on organisms within the environment, we've implemented those findings into our operations to better maintain safe food processing environments. Next year, we would like to focus on working with the FDA to obtain approval to decontaminate individual food items in order to control spoilage organisms and other pathogens that cause foodborne illness. We have been approved to treat blueberries and potatoes, and our company is currently exploring the treatment of walnuts and apples. ClorDiSys has also done preliminary research on other food types including seeds and grains.

If you’re interested in new methods to control spoilage organisms and pathogens on product within your supply chain, contact us to start a conversation.  We have a number of solutions within our company which may help including liquid chlorine dioxide, ultraviolet light, and gaseous chlorine dioxide. We have a few food contact notices involving chlorine dioxide currently, which can be read about here. With partnerships to many food safety experts and laboratories throughout the world, we provide a global network to take on any challenge.