Dow Microbial Control, a unit of The Dow Chemical Company, today introduced its Advanced Oxidation System (AOS) Certified technology for whole-room sanitization, which will provide food and beverage producers with an effective, chemical-free system for controlling surface and airborne pathogens.
AOS Certified systems fill a need in the global food processing industry for a whole-room sanitization technology that quickly and safely reduces dangerous bacteria such as Listeria monocytogenes, E. coli and Salmonella, which pose serious health risks to consumers and a great financial risk for food manufacturers.
Ozone — a naturally occurring molecule composed of three oxygen atoms — has been used for more than 100 years as a decontaminant for a variety of applications ranging from drinking water to wastewater treatment. Now Dow’s AOS technology utliizes the compound for whole-room sanitization of food and beverage production environments.
Using ambient air to generate ozone and water to produce non-condensing humidity, AOS Certified technology fills the atmosphere with a sanitizing vapor that goes deep into every corner, rapidly penetrating hidden areas in equipment, drains, air-conditioning vents and fabrics. The vapor then fully dissipates, leaving no condensation or residue, making it effective even in dry environments such as bakeries. The easy-to-use AOS Certified technology is incorporated into an automated system that can be custom engineered to each customer’s food-production areas.Because the sanitizer is produced as needed, its use does not involve shipping, storing or handling of chemicals.
“AOS Certified technology leverages ozone’s unequalled microbial control to help customers maintain a pathogen-free environment that is easy to monitor, control, record and certify,” says Bryan Kitchen, global business manager for Advanced Oxidation Systems, Dow Microbial Control.
In other Dow news, last month the company was one of several industry leaders to sign the Green Chemistry Commitment, a nationally organized effort between higher education and the chemical industry to effect education reform in the U.S.