Effective Against E. Coli
Olathe, Kan. - With every new outbreak of E. coli, the protein industry has re-examined its protocols for food safety. One crucial change has been the use of hot water in washing and pasteurizing systems.
Washing beef carcasses before evisceration and at the end of the slaughter process has been proven as an effective antimicrobial intervention, resulting in greater than 99% reductions in pathogens. Specifically, exposing the surface of a carcass to hot water at a minimum of 165° F for at least 10 seconds, followed by an antimicrobial spray, is most effective in reducing pathogens.
Chad Equipment's Hot Water Pasteurization System maintains 165° F on the surface of the carcass with a spray temperature as low as 185° F and delivers the desired exposure time at the carcass surface. The system also provides significant water savings by using recirculated water to minimize water and steam usage and disposal costs. The Hot Water Pasteurization System is USDA-approved and independent testing has confirmed that the recirculated water is pathogen free.
For more information, visit Chad at Process Expo, Booth #1443.
Chad Equipment, LLC, a Birko company, is a specialty equipment manufacturer serving small to large volume meat harvesting and processing operations, including beef, hog, veal, sheep and horse. Chad is an industry leader in antimicrobial spray systems, the patented recirculating hot water pasteurization system and the patented oscillating action wash system for high and low pressure processing applications.
Birko is a leading provider of food safety solutions to the protein processing, food and beverage industries. Birko manufactures concentrated CIP, sanitation, antimicrobial intervention and process chemical formulations. Birko's equipment division designs and manufactures chemical dispensing systems, antimicrobial mixing and spraying conveyors and carcass washing and pasteurizing equipment. Birko's information technology includes BirkoStats"§, an online chemical usage tracking system, and VerifEYE"§, a fecal identification imaging system. Founded in 1953, Birko is a WBENC Certified Women's Business Enterprise and was awarded Supplier of the Century by the National Meat Association. birkocorp.com