Ozone decomposes spontaneously in water and is a very reactive oxidizing agent with a short half-life. It is used to disinfect water and to oxidize color and taste contaminants in water. It is also increasingly used for disinfection purposes of food and food contact surfaces and is permitted by the National Organic Standards for use in organic processing (including post-harvest handling) with no restrictions. Ozonized water kills over 200 pathogens including E. coli and other life-threatening bacteria that can enter a restaurant from food, your employees, and from sources you can't predict.
Ozone Clean Technologies designs an ozone system that integrates with a customer's existing cold water supply. The "hands off system" automatically maintains a preset dissolved ozone level and requires very little human oversight. In the event that ozone exceeds a safe level, an incorporated ozone sensor will terminate ozone production.
After installation, the ozonated produce has a longer shelf life and less spoilage occurs during transit and on the customer's shelf. In fact, many companies can achieve a 20-50% reduction in spoilage, which results in a very rapid payback, higher profits, and a significant reduction in the possibility of a headline-grabbing public health issue.
Ozone Clean Technologies has developed an effective, safe and green way to minimize decay, control ripening, and enhance shelf life without the use of harsh chemicals, making it an ideal solution to protect decay-prone or ethylene-sensitive cargo. Scientifically engineered, the system enhances the atmosphere inside the container with an active form of oxygen—commonly referred to as Ozone—to control molds, yeasts, ethylene, Salmonella, E. coli, Listeria and other contaminants in the air and on surfaces. Because it uses oxygen from the air, the system is able to continuously generate Ozone throughout storage.
Flowers represent an important and valuable global industry, and generate some of the biggest revenues among fresh commodities. However, flowers are also extremely sensitive, and are subject to leaf discoloration, premature wilting, and disease from molds and fungal pathogens such as Botrytis and Alternaria. Consequently, cut flowers are vulnerable to large post-harvest losses running as high as 20% -35% annually, depending on the species.
E.Coli And Listeria Inactivation
Numerous ozone applications have been installed throughout the food industry in the United States during the past two years. The benefits to public food safety are major, especially related to the food hazards identified in the President's Food Safety Initiative. These include newer pathogens such as E. coli 0157:H7, Listeria, and resistant cyst formers such as Cryptosporidium and Giardia, all of which are inactivated effectively by ozonation.
Because ozone is a safe, powerful disinfectant, it can be used to control biological growth of unwanted organisms in products and equipment used in the food processing industries. Ozone is particularly suited to the food industry because of its ability to disinfect microorganisms without adding chemical by-products to the food being treated, or to the food processing water or atmosphere in which foods are stored.