Poultry Industry Embraces Ashland's PathGuard(TM) Pathogen Control System

DUBLIN, Ohio (USA) - After the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) approval of PathGuard pathogen control system was announced last year by Drew Industrial, a business group of Ashland Specialty Chemical, a division of Ashland Inc. (NYSE:ASH), the response has been very strong according to Eddie Addison, director of sales and marketing, food service markets, Ashland Specialty Chemical.

"We've installed more than 25 systems and we continue to receive orders and inquiries as processors throughout the country implement efforts to reduce pathogen levels in their plant operations," said Addison.

Ashland's PathGuard pathogen control system is proven to reduce levels of pathogens including Salmonella and E. Coli in poultry processing from those levels found when using current technologies by combining Ashland's expertise in chlorine dioxide generation and state-of-the-art control technology.

Ashland scientists devoted more than three years of research to develop a system to safely and effectively use chlorine dioxide in online reprocessing and chiller treatments. This allows poultry processors to benefit from the effectiveness of chlorine dioxide to reduce pathogens, while maintaining plant safety through equipment monitoring, control and data recording. Additional benefits of this technology are extremely low water use and the ability to further reduce pathogens in other areas within a processing plant through water reuse.

This breakthrough in pathogen control technology is an added tool for poultry processors to use to protect against pathogens in food. "Ashland is committed to partnering with food processors to provide the most effective means possible to further improve the safety of America's food supply," said Dale Jenson, vice president Americas for Ashland's Drew Industrial business.

For more information about the PathGuard pathogen control system, contact Marketing Services, Ashland Specialty Chemical, Drew Industrial, One Drew Plaza, Boonton, NJ, 07005; tel: (800) 526-1015 or (973) 263-7600, fax: (973) 263-4483 or drewindustrialmail@ashland.com. Drew Industrial, a business group of Ashland Specialty Chemical, is a major supplier of specialty products and services for the paint and coatings, industrial water treatment, commercial and institutional water treatment, wastewater treatment, pulp and paper processing and mining markets.

Ashland Specialty Chemical, a division of Ashland Inc., is a leading, worldwide supplier of specialty chemicals serving industries including adhesives, automotive, composites, metal casting, merchant marine, paint, paper, plastics, watercraft and water treatment. Visit www.ashspec.com to learn more about these operations.

Ashland Inc. (NYSE:ASH) is a Fortune 500 chemical and transportation construction company providing products, services and customer solutions throughout the world. To learn more about Ashland, visit www.ashland.com.

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