The key contributing factor to poor quality is spoilage and the unavoidable presence of micro-organisms within the processing environment. Whilst most processing plants have adopted strategies to tackle contamination, these mostly chemical interventions are not without their limitations.
As a general rule, chemicals are not permitted to come into direct contact with food and ingredients due to their hazardous nature and the potential for residues on food which may affect the taste. Not only are chemicals hazardous in food environments, but in some cases have been shown to be increasingly ineffective in controlling microbial contaminants.
Ongoing studies have shown that various bacteria react differently to different disinfectants. Micro-organisms continue to build up resistance to frequently used food-grade disinfectants, much like many antibiotics in medical applications. While a diverse array of chemical regimes may currently be the norm, this is destined to change, as the food industry is exposed to alternative technologies.
What is the solution?
Electrolyzed Water also known as anolyte is a technology that generates a relatively stable (up to 18 months) and elevated micro-electrical charge in water. As with all other living organisms, microbes require energy to survive and the anolyte solutions destabilize the immediate energy environment within which the microbes are able to live, and in so doing eliminate them. Moreover, the micro-organisms have been shown to be unable to build up a tolerance to this charge-based technology.
Envirolyte Industries International Ltd. is able to deliver a proven natural sanitation and detergent solution to the food and beverage processor without any compromise on product quality, safety, plant and personnel. Anolyte eliminates harmful micro-organisms and has been proven to be effective in the shelf life extension of perishable food products.
Water purification in Envirolyte ECO units is achieved by oxidation and reduction that destroy and neutralize all hazardous substances. The concept of water treatment in Envirolyte ECO units removes everything that is harmful for and alien to a human body and retains all that is beneficial.
Envirolyte water possesses excellent absorption and hydrating potential, having smaller cluster size and greater concentration of soluble minerals. It reduces over-acidic conditions and increases stabilized oxygen in the human body, contributing to better digestion. Envirolyte water is slightly alkaline, has a low ORP (Oxigen Reduction, redox potential) and is rich in electrons, which makes it an antioxidant.
Research of effects of Envirolyte water has been carried out since 1950s. Data has been collected, indicating clean water is paramount for good health and if combined with a well-balanced diet of fruit, vegetables, vitamins and minerals and regular exercise, can rid acidic waste and improve symptoms of several common ailments.
Application of Activated Electrolyzed Water in Food Processing
Government of Canada Agriculture Research Electrolyzed Water
Food Engineering Technology for Food Safety
Emergin Green Process: Electrolyzed Water (Super Water) to Remove Pathogenic Bacteria, Pesticide Residue, Mycotoxins, Fungal Mold from Raw Material Surfaces for Food Safety Applications
Effective removal of pathogenic bacteria, such as Escherichia coli O157:H7, Listeria monocy-togenes, Bacillus Cereus and Salmonella sp., and hepatitis B virus and human immunodeficiency virus, germinations of many fungal species;
No adverse impact on the environment and no toxin-chemical residue in the end products;
No change of texture, appearance, color, flavour, taste of food and material;
Extension of storage time and shelf life of fruits and vegetables;
An innovative effective antimicrobial agent characterized by its high efficiency, broad antimicrobial spectrum, low cost, high level security, and non-toxic residue, has been broadly used remove pathogenic bacteria, pesticide residue, mycotoxins from surfaces of poultry carcasses, beef, pork, seafood, eggs, alfalfa seeds, leafy green vegetables, sprouts, fruits (pears, apples, peaches, tomatoes, strawberry, etc.), and equipment, etc.
Spraying super water on minimally -processed fruit and vegetable products (Fresh-cut)before sent to supermarkets
Extended storage time and shelf life for fruits and vegetables
Spraying super water on surfaces of raw meat products of poultry, pork and beef to remove pathogen
Development of innovative "green" processes of electrolyzed water to remove pathogenic microorganisms from surfaces of vegetables(Collaborative U of Guelph Project);
Freshness indicator for intelligent packaging applications (Collaborative OMAFRA Project);