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Contact: Bill Svec
RIVIERA BEACH, FL—June 30, 2016— Successfully treating direct surface pathogens is only part of the food safety challenge, according to South Florida-based RGF Environmental Group, Inc. (“RGF”), which recommends a two-pronged safety program comprised of end-of-process-line direct product surface treatment and installation of air quality systems.
Industry studies have proven that airborne pathogenic contamination of food products from the processing level through to food service is a safety concern, and in some cases is the major cause of microbiological contamination. A study in Clinical Infectious Diseases found that noroviruses are spread not only by touching contaminated objects, eating foods or drinking liquids that contain the virus, but also can be spread by air up to several meters from an infected person.
“Odors, air pollutants, VOCs (chemical odors), smoke, mold, bacteria and viruses are all air issues,” said Dr. James Marsden, a national leading scientist and renowned in the field of food safety for the past 30 years. “HVAC safety and purification systems as well as systems for areas with no air ducts are critical components for an overall food safety program.”
Bill Svec, RGF Vice President of Water and Food Product Safety, employs RGF’s patented PHI (Photohydroionizaton® process), a chemical-free, natural, green and environmentally-friendly advanced oxidation technology which utilizes broad spectrum ultraviolet light rays in conjunction with a proprietary catalytic target to reduce airborne as well as surface pathogens that may otherwise compromise food safety.
This state of the art technology is unique in that it actively purifies the air throughout the area being treated and does not require pollutants to travel to the device.
Svec said one highly effective product is RGF’s Commercial Guardian Air PHI Induct Unit that is mounted directly into the air conditioning and heating system, a location where most sick building syndrome issues are born.
“The Commercial PHI Unit creates an advanced oxidation process consisting of hydro-peroxides, super oxide ions and hydroxide ions,” explained Svec. “All are friendly oxidizers that revert back to oxygen and hydrogen after the oxidation of the pollutant.”
Svec added if there are no air ducts, RGF recommends the installation of REME®-ATS wall mount units designed for the cubic footage of the space as well as flash or spiral freezers that kill pathogens prior to product freezing and packaging.
These air treatment systems have been installed in numerous processor plants, including American Custom Meats, JTM Foods, Schenck Packing, Valley Meats and Buona Vita as well as restaurants and grocery stores.
For additional information, please contact RGF Environmental Group, Inc., 1101 West 13th Street, The Port of Palm Beach Enterprise Zone, Riviera Beach, Florida 33404 USA Tel: (561) 848-1826 or (800) 842-7771; Fax (561) 848-9454.