September 2005 Equipment Round-Up - Food Safety

This collection of products can help processors maintain a high level of food safety from top to bottom throughout the plant.

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SteriFx, Inc.; Shreveport. La.

CIP cleaning

Oakite FiSan Pristine Plus features a powerful blend of emulsifying detergents, water conditioners and balanced alkalinity to effectively remove oily, creamy soils from stainless steel piping and equipment via circulation-in-place (CIP) cleaning. At 130°F and above, it is low-foaming and effective at penetrating and emulsifying stubborn stearyl- and cetyl-alcohol-based residues. Free of silicates and solvents, this biodegradable CIP cleaner is formulated with water conditioners for both soft and hard water.

Chemetall Oakite; Berkeley Heights, N.J.

Polygenex Intl.'s antibacterial gloves

Helping hands

Safe copper oxides are incorporated into special yarns and fibers to create these gloves. So, in addition to the gloves’ sterility, their fibers contribute additional antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties when the gloves are in use.

Polygenex Intl.; Cary, N.C.

Chlorine dioxide disinfectant

The EPA has conditionally approved Selectrocide, a chlorine dioxide product, as a disinfectant, sanitizer and algaecide for applications in the horticulture and food processing industries. It produces greater than 99 percent pure chlorine dioxide simply by submersing the product in water. It can generate specific concentrations of chlorine dioxide at the point of use with very low residuals and neutral pH, using only water with no capital equipment.

Selective Micro Technologies, LLC; Beverly, Mass.

Impregnated parts

Elastoguard rubber compounds maximize antimicrobial protection in rubber parts for food processing equipment such as rubber rotors for pumps, rubber air valve stems, balls for ball check valves, sanitary pipeline gaskets and O-rings. (As a result, in most cases, this is an issue to bring up with your OEMs.) A new, powerful biocide – Alphasan silver-NZP ion-exchange resin – is effective against a greater variety of bacteria and fungi. The biocide permeates the entire rubber matrix after vulcanization and, offering a low rate of migration, maintains a higher and longer level of protection. It is not sensitive to heat or shear; therefore, it can also be used in elastomers formulated for a variety of processes.

Milliken Chemical Specialty Elastomers; Spartanburg, S.C.

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