New Food Safety Bill Need Not Contradict with Stricter Water Regulation States Amerivap Systems CEO

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The increased focus on food processing and food packaging plant sanitation associated with renewed interest in a sweeping Food Safety Bill on Capitol Hill, along with ongoing stricter wastewater regulations appear at first to be contradictory for the industry. But according to Werner Diercks, CEO and founder of Amerivap Systems, these two conflicting initiatives represent a strategic opportunity for forward thinking companies willing to embrace new methods. Amerivap Systems Inc has been a pioneer in dry steam vapor cleaning and sanitizing for 20 years. This technology achieves log3 reduction in harmful pathogenic bacteria using no chemicals and negligible water usage.

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the use of dry steam vapor represents a cost saving strategic opportunity for forward thinking companies.

The increased focus on food processing and food packaging plant sanitation associated with renewed interest in a sweeping Food Safety Bill on Capitol Hill, along with ongoing stricter waste water regulations appear at first to be contradictory for the industry. But according to Werner Diercks, CEO and founder of Amerivap Systems, these two conflicting initiatives represent a strategic opportunity for forward thinking companies willing to embrace new methods. Amerivap Systems Inc has been a pioneer in dry steam vapor cleaning and sanitizing for 20 years. This technology achieves log3 reduction in harmful pathogenic bacteria using no chemicals and negligible water usage.

According to the Wall Street Journal’s Health Blog “a coalition of consumer, public health and food safety advocates is trying to jump start the food safety legislation that is stalled in the Senate.” The impetus is a report by an Ohio State University economist and former FDA official that reports a costs associated with foodborne illnesses total $152 billion annually in the U.S. The study examined 28 pathogens and the costs associated with illnesses, concluding that each case of salmonella costs approximately $9,146 and E.coli 0157:H7 approximately $14,838. Thus, the call for a stricter food safety bill.

Since many sanitation standard operating procedures call for pre-rinsing of equipment, scrubbing with chemicals mixed with water, rinsing and drying, the implications for high water usage among food processing facilities is clear.

However, food packaging and processing industries are further boxed in by efforts to reduce biochemical oxygen demand (BOD). Biochemical oxygen demand, or the amount of dissolved oxygen consumed by biological processes breaking down organic matter, is one of the key yardsticks of wastewater management at the factory level.

Greater numbers of food processing plants are taking steps to reduce waste measured by BOD values, and therefore save water because of rising treatment costs and increased environmental standards, according to a report from North Carolina State University.

Indeed, Wal-Mart has raised the bar even more with its company-wide sustainability initiative. Among the tenets of this initiative is wastewater management and the bod5 measure.

These two initiatives, one calling for increased sanitation and monitoring levels using water in many cases, and the other calling for reduced water usage seem to be contradictory at best. But for Werner Diercks, CEO of Amerivap Systems, this “sea change” in manufacturing does not have to be in conflict. The answer lies in the use of super-heated dry steam vapor. According to Mr. Diercks “the use of dry steam vapor represents a cost saving strategic opportunity for forward thinking companies.” The technology is not only fully effective at cleaning and sanitizing, but as it uses negligible water, it drastically reduces water consumption.

Amerivap Systems has been a pioneer in the dry steam vapor cleaning industry for 20 years. Its line of industrial steam cleaners,Xtreme Steam, and along with available attachments, notably the Houdini conveyor belt cleaner, solves cleaning solutions in any industry that looks to achieve maximum cleaning results while at the same time addressing concerns about Eco-friendly cleaning, and waste water management.

The company offers fully sustainable cleaning solutions to industries as diverse as hotels to food packaging to wineries and breweries. Please visit us at http://www.amerivap.com/cat-19-1-1/Industrial.htm., or in person at Process Expo 2010. Please visit our booth
N-17068 (Process Side) at the McCormick Center, Chicago, July 18-20. OR at the IBIE

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