Last Updated on December 26, 2023
I just read an article written by one of our distributors, explaining the use of Germicidal Ultraviolet Lamps in Food Safety Programs. This is great information, there are so many applications for germicidal ultraviolet light.
Recent, deadly outbreaks of microorganisms showing up in ice-cream, caramel apples, cantaloupe, and peanuts have drawn national attention to the issue of food processing safety. In fact, 3,000 people die annually in the U.S. from food-borne diseases—out of a total 48 million who get sick, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
As a result, food manufacturers are now under more pressure than ever to monitor and clean up dangerous bacteria—like listeria and E. coli. Why? Because the culprit is often dirty equipment in food processing facilities.
How Does Food Get Contaminated?
According to FoodSafety.gov, food can get contaminated in any of the following 4 phases:
During processing, food can be contaminated in several ways—such as running through old or dirty equipment, being chilled with contaminated water or ice, or mixing with animal waste particles.
Ultraviolet Light—Growing in Popularity
There are several ways to reduce risk of contamination in a food processing facility. One of these is by using a popular technology involving Germicidal Ultraviolet Lamps that produce ultraviolet light.
STER-L-RAY® Germicidal Ultraviolet (UV) Lamps are shortwave, low pressure tubes that produce ultraviolet wavelengths lethal to microorganisms like bacteria, mold, virus, and algae. It’s a non-chemical approach to disinfection that is cleaner, faster, and more effective than other methods. It effectively reduces (and even deactivates) deadly pathogens.
Ultraviolet has been used for years to disinfect and sanitize drinking water, wastewater, air, and food contact surfaces—and was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the “cold pasteurization” of juice. It’s also a fast method—treating 4,000 liters of juice in only 24 seconds, according to Food Safety News.
Read the full article by IBT INC. Industrial Solutions, “Are Ultraviolet Lamps Part of Your Food Safety Program?”
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