Emerging Sterilization Technology Developments to Highlight ASEPTIPAK 2011 Global Forum

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The Alternative Sterilization Technologies session at the ASEPTIPAK 2011 Conference will feature experts assessing the impact of the Steuben Foods patent litigation. Advanced Microwave Technologies will introduce its game-changing rapid microwave heating process. PROVE IT, LLC will debut its new magnetic induction resistance heating process. NanoMed Technologies’ new GRAS sterilant-based process eliminates potential residuals using two rinses <5 sec @ 30C. ASEPTIPAK will take place November 2-3, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Program details available at http://aseptipakglobalforum.com.

Aseptipak 2011 Global Forum

ASEPTIPAK 2011 is the only global forum dedicated to developments in aseptic processing, filling & packaging.

As they have since 1983, food and beverage professionals from around the world will once again gather at the annual ASEPTIPAK Global Forum on Aseptic Processing, Filling & Packaging. It will take place on November 2-3, 2011 at the Hilton Rosemont Chicago O’Hare, Chicago, USA.

A preliminary list of topics to be presented at ASEPTIPAK 2011 is posted on the forum website:
http://aseptipakglobalforum.com.

In one respect this year’s program will be unlike any other in recent memory. Especially noteworthy is a presentation in the session on Alternative Sterilization Technologies. To be given by qualified experts in patent law and aseptic technology and markets, the presentation will focus on the legal status and commercial impact of the Steuben Foods litigation. The co-presenters are: Gordon Bockner (Business Development Associates, consultant to the PET packaging industry and author of a recent multiclient study on aseptic packaging), Chris Hoemeke (Trustwater), and Frank Bozzo (a patent attorney with the Hultquist IP firm). This pending case stems from U.S. Patents issued to Steuben Foods covering the use of a hot peroxide spray to sterilize the inside of a plastic container prior to aseptically filling. Steuben Foods has selectively sued certain suppliers of aseptic filling equipment who have, in turn, interposed various defenses.

This important case could have far reaching ramifications for growth prospects of aseptic processing in the US. It may be more than just a coincidence that at this year’s ASEPTIPAK three alternative sterilization technologies will debut which could ultimately reduce dependence on hydrogen peroxide in aseptic processing.

One of these to be introduced in the U.S. by Advanced Microwave Technologies in an exclusive presentation at ASEPTIPAK 2011 is a unique, game-changing microwave heating process. Among its numerous benefits, this highly efficient microwave sterilization process enables rapid and even heating so that microorganism are killed at lower thermal retention times.

Another emerging thermal sterilization technology adaptable to aseptic systems is called “hybrid resistance/magnetic induction heating.” This thermal processing system being developed by PROVE IT, LLC allows resistance heating to perform the early thermal lifting with magnetic induction heating providing the final thermal polish. An inexpensive processing unit provides mild, precisely-regulated magnetic induction heating. This new technology will debut in an exclusive presentation at ASEPTIPAK 2011.

The third alternative method under development for the sterilization of packaging will be introduced at ASEPTIPAK 2011 in an exclusive presentation. NanoMed Technologies, Inc. has found that online sterilization of bottles and elimination of potential residuals can be achieved using two rinses each of less than five seconds at 30C. NanoMed claims that the unidentified sterilant being used is classified as GRAS. The technique can be applied to bags, pouches or other sealed packaging filled aseptically.

For those who attend ASEPTIPAK 2011, the above presentations offer an unparalleled glimpse of what aseptic and extended shelf life processing and packaging technologies might look like in the future. Registration and program details available at http://aseptipakglobalforum.com.

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