Maximising Food Safety and Quality, Minimising Waste

Our electrolysed water systems have been validated for the control of key food pathogens, allergens and species cleaning with the goal of improving the quality and safety of food, which we share with our customers. Our aim is to improve safety for the consumers and those who work in the industry.

In December 2015, the World Health Organisation (WHO) published their global estimate of the burden of foodborne disease.

The WHO estimates that 1 in 10 of the world’s population will suffer from an episode of a foodborne disease. Each year, the equivalent of 33M healthy life years are lost, which represents a significant loss of economic output.  Whilst most people recover, each year 440,000 people die, a third of which are children. This is illustrated very effectively on the WHO website.

In Europe and North America, most of the burden is attributed to diarrhoeal diseases caused by a small number of pathogens.

Foodborne diseases

Foodborne diseases are preventable using best practise hygiene methods throughout the supply chain from production, through processing and food preparation.  The global food industry and the national competent authorities are continually reviewing and investing improving standards. Consumers also have a role to play, through better hand washing and kitchen hygiene.

Ozo innovations’ advances in hard surface cleaning and disinfection have proven effective against all of the food borne disease hazards listed in the table above and also Listeria monocytogenes and Yersinia in independent efficacy tests.

The problem of food borne disease is becoming more significant with increases in antimicrobial resistance (AMR).  The European Commission mandates the monitoring of food borne diseases that are transmitted from animals in the food chain (zoonoses) and European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) makes the data available online.

60% of campylobacter infections in Europe are already AMR for a common antibiotic, and multi drug resistant forms of disease causing bacteria are not unknown.

In February 2016, EFSA announced that incidence of AMR in key pathogens were increasing. Unfortunately, this trend will drive increasing costs across the food industry due to:

  • hygiene standards continuing to be tightened in food processing and preparation environments
  • increased emphasis on safer food, meaning increasing investment in food decontamination and pathogen control technology
  • declining use of antibiotics in meat production; resulting in a need for alternative approaches to minimise pathogen burden in food flocks and herds and maintain production efficiency

Further information about antimicrobial resistance is available on the EFSA website.

Ozo Innovations is marketing and developing innovative electrolysed water solutions (see the elo range) that are application specific and address each of these critical food safety challenges.

In food processing, we deliver:

  • Large scale production systems (elosystem®) that use next generation electrolysis technology to be able to produce large volumes of cleaning and disinfection solution (eloclear®) for night-time hygiene applications
  • The benefits of using our electrolysed water (elolife) to wash fresh product to achieve an additional 2 log reduction over current washing methods are proven.  Enhancing fresh produce washing increases the shelf life of fresh produce and improves the food safety profile of products
  • novel approaches to killing surface bacteria on foods of animal origin (eloassure), currently undergoing development

In food preparation, we offer

  • Smaller scale production systems (elocube(TM)) for making daily batches of degreasing and kitchen clean up (eloclear) solution
  • elocube can also manufacture fresh product wash (elolife) for restaurants that wish to decontaminate salad produce when preparing meals

In food production, we are reducing the use of chemicals and antibiotics:

  • Saving energy by replacing hot washing with electrolysed water solutions
  • Saving water, as our products work effectively first time, requiring fewer steps
  • Electrolysed water has environmental advantages over traditional methods of cleaning using chemicals
  • Improving the hygiene and disinfection of production facilities pre-stocking or pre-planting
  • Managing biosecurity risks on the farm and in the abattoir
  • Ensuring drinking water safety and quality

We are working with leading food businesses to improve the quality and safety of their products.

To find out more, contact us for advice on using electrolysed water for improving food safety.

eloclear® and elosystem® are registered Trade Marks of Ozo Innovations Ltd.

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“The opportunity to reduce our reliance of aggressive chemical cleaners, use less water and power and ensure the safety of our food products aligns with our corporate social responsibility goals and my personal commitment to a better business.”
Meat Processing Executive, Food Factory