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Processing Facilities Undergo Constant Barrage by Microorganisms
Meat Processing facilities undergo a constant barrage of microorganisms, such as bacteria and mold. Maintaining rigorous sanitization and disinfection standards to comply with USDA, FDA standards, and the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is an expensive and time consuming effort.
The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Safety Plan
FSMA requires that you know the risks in the facility, have a safety plan in place, and take preventative measures to minimize hazards.
See the five (5) FSMA steps below, click through, and read about the safety plan at the FDA website.
Studies Show Germicidal Ultraviolet UV-C Rays Mitigate Microorganisms
Studies show UV-C rays actively mitigate microorganisms, bacteria, and mold. Germicidal Ultraviolet UV-C rays, emitted at 254 nanometers, are lethal to pathogenic bacteria such as E. coli, Salmonella, L. monocytogens (Listeria), spoilage bacteria, virus, and mold.
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Germicidal Ultraviolet UV-C Increases Profits
Meat processing facilities that properly employ Germicidal Ultraviolet UV-C see a direct correlation between the installation of their ultraviolet systems and increased profits. Higher sanitization standards translate to safer working conditions, higher quality products, longer product shelf life, and increased profitability. Germicidal Ultraviolet UV-C technology is an economical and rapid method of disinfection.
Germicidal Ultraviolet UV-C for Air & Surface Disinfection, and Water & Liquid Purification
Germicidal Ultraviolet UV-C technology will aid in your efforts to keep all areas in your processing plant sanitary. Atlantic Ultraviolet’s disinfection and purification systems all use STER-L-RAY ® UV-C lamps. These powerful lamps provide safeguards in meat processing facilities for air & surface disinfection, and water & liquid purification.
UV-C Air & Surface Disinfection
SaniLIGHT® and Sani·Ray® Germicidal Ultraviolet Irradiators and Fixtures by Atlantic Ultraviolet Corporation® are highly recommended for Surface and Air Disinfection. UV-C helps to reduce odors, protect against mold and slime, and increase shelf life.
UV-C Water & Liquid Purification
SANITRON® and MEGATRON® Water Disinfection Systems, both manufactured by Atlantic Ultraviolet Corporation®, provide cost effective, continuous solutions for sanitizing wash water, rinse water, clean-in-place (CIP) water, and effluent without special attention or chemicals. Reproduction of waterborne bacteria is prohibited and cross-contamination from water to air and surfaces is drastically reduced. Implementing SANITRON® and MEGATRON® can help reuse wastewater and help to meet municipal regulations before wastewater is discharged from your facility. Models are available to treat 3 gallons per minute to 450 gallons per minute and higher.
Use a Combination of UV-C Systems to Maximize Sanitization Benefit
For maximum sanitization benefit, use a combination of Germicidal Ultraviolet UV-C disinfection SaniLIGHT® and Sani·Ray® fixtures and SANITRON® and MEGATRON® water purification systems. When installed throughout your facility for air & surface, and water & liquid treatment, contaminations are halted where they begin—virus, mold, and bacteria are not given the opportunity to reproduce. UV-C increases overall sanitization and reduces the time needed for washing and cleaning. Proper use of our UV-C systems decreases the amount of chemical cleaners needed in most applications.
SaniLIGHT® and Sani·Ray® Germicidal Ultraviolet Fixtures install on walls, ceilings, or even inside equipment. They provide continuous protection in unoccupied areas. In occupied areas, proper precautions must be made to ensure areas remain unoccupied while the units are in use. These practices will make sure individuals are not exposed to the germicidal ultraviolet UV-C rays emitted from SaniLIGHT® and Sani·Ray® fixtures.
UV-C fixtures are easy to install and use. They require minimal maintenance. Basic, proper safety precautions are necessary as individuals should not be exposed to UV-C — it’s hazardous to unprotected skin and eyes.
Successful disinfection depends on germicidal ultraviolet wavelengths having unobstructed exposure to the treatment surfaces or water and liquid. The proper dose of Germicidal UV-C light is needed for particular organisms to be eradicated.
Larger Capacity SANITRON® and MEGATRON® UV water purifiers range from 83 to 450 gallons per minute. The modular design of each enables units to interconnect and allows capacity for nearly any flow rate. Regardless of which model is chosen, rest assured that process will be chemical free, automatic and provide continuous disinfection of water and liquids without special attention. Atlantic Ultraviolet’s patented Dual Action Wiper Mechanism allows for quartz sleeve cleaning while the system is operational, which means minimal product downtime. MEGATRON® models have an optional Automatic Wiper feature that allows for unattended quartz sleeve cleaning.
Use SaniLIGHT®, Sani·Ray®, SANITRON®, and MEGATRON® for Air, Surface, & Water Disinfection in:
Clean-In-Place (CIP) Water
Sausage & Deli Meat Production
Fresh Meat Packaging Spaces
Without UV-C Technology for Air & Surface, and Water & Liquid Disinfection
Without the use of SaniLIGHT® or Sani·Ray®, spores settle on the meat, rails, hooks, walls, trays, and just about any other available surfaces. These areas become the sources of contamination for fresh meat entering the facility. The STER-L-RAY ® UV-C lamps used in the SaniLIGHT® and Sani·Ray® work to eliminate mold and bacteria, creating a sanitary environment.
All steps in the processing cycle require heavy water use. When rinsing or cleaning, waterborne contaminants can rapidly spread onto surfaces that come in contact with the liquid particles and aerosols. Waterborne contamination stops spreading when disinfection through UV-C rays is added to the meat processing cycle. Atlantic Ultraviolet’s SANITRON® and MEGATRON® UV Water Purifiers use STER-L-RAY ® lamps to inhibit the growth of microorganisms in water.
Powerful UV-C Protection against Mold and Slime are Provided by the SaniLIGHT®
The environmental conditions found inside your meat processing facility are favorable to the rapid development of millions of microscopic organisms. Microorganisms are carried throughout the air until they land on meat, meat products, and processing surfaces. Once they cluster, they form visible mold and slime that speed up the meat’s decaying process. This shortens the shelf life, leading directly to a loss of profits.
SaniLIGHT® Germicidal Ultraviolet Fixtures (which use STER-L-RAY ® UV-C lamps), along with refrigerator temperatures, allow meat packers and processors to control the rapid development of these microorganisms.
Cold Cathode UV-C Lamps in SaniLIGHT® fixtures are ideal where frequent starts and stops are required. Cold Cathode UV-C lamps are available for applications where the temperature is colder than room temperature, such as walk-in refrigerators, meat lockers, or holding rooms.
Germicidal Ultraviolet UV-C Introduction to Meat Processing Facilities
The introduction of Germicidal Ultraviolet UV-C technologies into meat processing facilities directly equates to a healthy and safe working environment, as well as higher quality products. By knowing the risks in your facility, utilizing UV-C, and having a safety plan in place, foul orders will be corrected, and contamination will be reduced in the air, on surfaces, in the water and liquid.
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