Birko, a leader in providing food safety solutions for the protein, further processing, produce and brew industries, launched its Elite 360® Precision Application Technology at the International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE), held Feb. 12-14, 2019, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.
After years of research and testing, Birko has successfully introduced electrostatics and Protection with Precision to food sanitation. While electrostatic technology is not a new concept, as it’s been used to paint cars and other metal objects because of its ability to completely coat its target, it has never been used in this capacity in food processing sanitation intervention.
“Our scientists partnered with Colorado State University’s (CSU) agricultural sciences program and NAMI partners, AB Foods, American Foods Group and Central Valley Meats, who helped fund the research, to harness electrostatics for intervention applications,” said Kelly Green, Birko president and third generation owner. “As discovered through extensive testing, Elite 360®’s capabilities are astounding and will truly change the way we all think about food safety. The opportunities with Birko’s Precision Application Technology are endless.”
Elite 360® electrostatically applies an antimicrobial intervention to cover the product, using the least amount of antimicrobial possible, while still being as effective as possible. Transfer efficiency, the ratio of antimicrobial applied to the meat surface compared to the amount sprayed, was found to approach 90-100 percent in Birko’s testing.
The Precision Application Technology of Elite 360® not only reduces pathogens, but it reduces the amount of chemicals applied and significantly reduces water use as well as wastewater treatment costs. In contrast to a conventional dip tank antimicrobial application, electrostatic technology can reduce chemical and water usage by as much as 95 percent and has shown up to a 2.0+ log reduction and 360-degree product coverage.
“We’re looking forward to seeing where Elite 360® and Precision Application Technology will take Birko and our customers as well as the safety of today’s food chain,” Green said. “Elite 360® is currently on the market for red meat processors and will be available for use in the produce and poultry industries in the second half of 2019.”
For more information visit www.birkocorp.com.