IFPA Tradeshow: Growers, Shippers, and Packers of Fresh Cut Produce Learn to Extend Shelf Life up to 50%

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See what the nation’s largest produce companies are now using and testing to improve food safety and extend shelf life – Selectrocide® Chlorine Dioxide booth #724 and at the Bunzl booth #319.

At the IFPA Fresh Cut Expo, Selective Micro Technologies (Booths #724 and Bunzl booth #319) will demonstrate how to extend the shelf life of fresh cut produce by using the company’s Selectrocide sanitizer, a chlorine-dioxide biocide. Chlorine dioxide is one of the most effective inhibitors against spoilage microorganisms, including bacteria, yeast, mold and fungus, all of which cause fruits and vegetables to decay. Selectrocide kills E-Coli and other pathogens at low concentrations and leaves virtually no taste residuals on food. It also requires less rinsing than conventional biocides.

Background Information on Chlorine Dioxide and Selectrocide™

Chlorine dioxide is effective at low concentrations across a wide range of pH (roughly 4 to 10), and, because it is a gas in its natural state, dissipates upon exposure to sunlight. As a result, it is known widely as one of the most effective inhibitors of algae, yeast, mold, and fungi. However, because transporting the gas is generally prohibited in all but frozen forms, pure chlorine dioxide has heretofore been limited to use in large concerns that employ chemical generators, such as pulp mills (controlling slime) and municipal water systems (water purification applications). For antimicrobial applications, pure chlorine dioxide has been unavailable to organizations without chemical generators. With Selectrocide, the advantages of nearly pure chlorine dioxide (which differs markedly from the “stabilized” solutions and acidified sodium chlorite solutions on the market) are available for the first time at the point of use.

JUST ADD WATER—AND WAIT. Selectrocide produces chlorine dioxide simply by submersing the product in water. The resulting chlorine dioxide and water solution can be used to inhibit or kill a broad range of microbes, yeasts, molds, fungi and algae using spraying, washing or “dip” cleaning methods. Selectrocide makes it possible–for the first time–to generate specific concentrations of chlorine dioxide at the point of use, at neutral pH and with very low residuals, using only tap water. Pathogens and other organisms cannot build up resistance to Selectrocide™ because it kills harmful organisms by breaking down cell walls.

Summary of Selectrocide™Benefits for Produce Industry

  • Reduces spoilage and pathogenic microorganisms on processed, fresh-cut fruits and vegetables (Selectrocide™ A-10 and A-15 only).
  • Extends shelf life and freshness of fresh cut fruits and vegetables. Produce stays fresh looking and fresh-tasting longer.
  • Reduces levels of pathogenic and other microorganisms on hard, non-porous food-contact (and non-food contact) surfaces, enhancing food safety programs throughout post-harvest operations.
  • Easy to use and does not require HAZMAT or complicated equipment.
  • Can be made on-site in specific quantities and in concentrations desired. Only tap water is required to generate the 99.99% pure chlorine dioxide.

About Selective Micro Technologies

Formed in 1999, Selective Micro Technologies is a private company based in Beverly, Massachusetts. Combining sophisticated science with innovative product design, Selective Micro has invented a proprietary delivery system that controls the rate and efficiency of gas-producing reactions. The competitive advantage of Selective Micro’s products is their ability to generate specific concentrations of greater than 99% pure chlorine dioxide at neutral pH for point-of-use operators, using only tap water, without capital equipment. The Company holds two US patents, and has several other patent applications pending in the US and abroad. Further information is available at http://www.selectivemicro.com or by calling 978-927-6610 X17.

Selective Micro and logos are registered trademarks of Selective Micro Technologies, LLC. Selectrocide™ is a trademark of Selective Micro Technologies, LLC. © 2006 Selective Micro Technologies. All Rights Reserved.

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