Shelf Life Enhancement
MEAT, SEAFOOD AND POULTRY PROCESSING PLANTS
Hygiene in abattoirs and processing plants is extremely difficult to achieve, and requires specialized application of sanitation compounds at key points in the slaughtering process. Blood and protein waste forms a resistant biofilm on the surface of meat and carcasses, and it is impossible to sanitize effectively unless this biofilm is destroyed. Sanitizers such as chlorine gas and liquid bleach (sodium hypochlorite) are either unable to deliver the right type of chlorine compound at the right time, at the right place, or create difficulties for the user in terms storage, mixing and monitoring of application apparatus. cleanLABTM Hypochlor® can be applied more effectively – and more economically, with less complication for the user.
PROCESSING PLANTS FOR FRUIT / VEGETABLES
The application of chlorine gas or liquid bleach on processed fruit and vegetables results in the destruction of plant tissue and negatively affects the shelf life and retail presentation of the produce. Unless chlorine gas is dosed at pH 7 or above, it will produce hydrochloric acid, resulting in acid hydrolytic degradation of the outer epidermal cuticle of plants. With the application of liquid chlorine bleach, the plant surface is weakened due to the displacement of calcium in the cell wall. cleanLABTM Hypochlor® does not share any of these negative side effects and will promote effective sanitation without destroying plant tissue, resulting in improved shelf life and enhanced retail presentation.
RETAILERS OF MEAT, SEAFOOD AND POULTRY
Even when proper hygiene standards are maintained at processing plants, meat is usually re-infected with spoilage organisms by the time it reaches the retail butcher, delicatessen or fish counter.
Disinfection of meat portions at retail level results in dramatic improvement in both shelf life and presentation due to the control of spoilage bacteria. For this specific purpose, we have developed a single system which allows the retailer to disinfect product, improve shelf life, and practice effective environmental hygiene with the same technology.
Q. What is calcium hypochlorite?
A. Calcium hypochlorite, used in the cleanLABTM Systems and trademarked as cleanLABTM HYPOCHLOR®, is a mild calcium based chlorine in a very stable dry tablet form.
Q. Isn’t calcium hypochlorite really the same as liquid bleach?
A. No, the two are very different. The biggest difference is that liquid bleach is sodium hypochlorite rather than calcium hypochlorite.
Q. What makes cleanLABTM HYPOCHLOR® different from other calcium hypochlorites?
A. cleanLABTM HYPOCHLOR® has been specifically designed to dissolve slowly and consistently. It is dispensed from a replaceable patented cartridge that is both easy to use and cost effective. When the cartridge is empty, which can be told with a simple glance at the unit, you just replace it with a full one.
Q. How can I measure the amount of chlorine being produced?
A. There are several ways in which chlorine concentration, measured as parts per million, can be assessed. The two most frequently used are chlorine test strips and the DPD titration system. Chlorine test strips have proven to be an adequate and acceptable measurement of chlorine levels for process water applications. DPD titration, while being more accurate, is also more involved to perform. It is considered to be very accurate for low levels of chlorine such as those associated with potable drinking water.
Q. How long does a cleanLABTM HYPOCHLOR® cartridge last.
A. Due to the fact that so many variables occur in water treatment, a definite answer to this question is impossible. It depends on several variables, each having an effect on consumption of the tablets.
a) Water pressure
b) Water flow
c) Water temperature
d) Depth of cartridge into the water flow
e) Management of the system
Q. Will cleanLABTM HYPOCHLOR® harm my equipment?
A. The unique ability of the cleanLABTM Systems to dispense dry calcium hypochlorite (a solid dispensed into a liquid) insures controlled pH/ Most of the corrosion associated with hypochlorites occurs from the use of sodium hypochlorite (liquid bleach) and its excessive alkalinity. The self-buffering nature of cleanLABTM HYPOCHLOR® tablets prevents this high degree of alkaline corrosion.
CAUTION: Do not use petroleum based lubricants with any chlorine product.