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Don't wash it. Clēan it.

Meet the inventor

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We've done for produce what pasteurization
has done for milk.

Clēan Works has invented Clēan Verification, the first scientifically validated kill step for fresh produce. We've brought together nature’s sanitizers—ozone, hydrogen peroxide and ultraviolet light—in two proven processes that will improve shelf life and achieve contaminant reductions of up to 99.99% without using water. To put that in context, operating room sterility is 99.9% (3 log). Post-harvest chlorine washes offer a 50% contaminant reduction (0.5 log). Every link in the fresh produce supply chain, from grower to retailer, can use the technology to reduce liability, decrease costs, extend shelf life...and have produce that's ready to eat.

 

Eliminate pathogens. Verify results. Improve shelf life. Prove compliance.

 

Water-free process

The Clēan Batch and Clēan Flow processes use no water, preventing a scientifically proven source of cross-contamination and eliminating an ongoing cost to operations.

Broad application
Clēan Verification can be done at any step of the fresh produce supply chain, from grower to retailer, and on all kinds of produce, from apples to zucchini. It can also be used to decontaminate the bins and containers used for transport and storage.
Natural ingredients

Our process uses three natural ingredients: a component found in sunlight, the chemical responsible for that fresh smell after a thunderstorm, and the antiseptic grandma used on your cuts. All of them have been FDA-approved.

Consistent results

Our patented forced-air batch system offers consistent decontamination from the top to the bottom of the bin. Our flow process can even decontaminate below the skin of your produce.

Extended shelf life

Clēan Verification kills molds and mildews and eliminates rot, which will significantly extend the shelf life of produce by 100% or more.

No by-products

Clēan Verification leaves nothing behind but water and oxygen. There are no by-products on your produce—nothing to taste or smell but the produce itself.

Adapts to your operations

Conveyor and batch processes integrate with your operations, for example, grading, drying or pre-cooling, and are reliably scalable from the small farm to the industrial processor.

Minimal operating costs

Clēan Verification systems cost less than the water wash system you currently use. Equipment and materials are managed for you by Clēan Works for convenience and quality control.

Fully trackable

Results are continuously monitored and documented for transparency to your customers. 

Scientifically validated

No other UV or ozone system in use or in development offers the scientifically confirmed decontamination results that Clēan Flow and Clēan Batch offer.

“Produce is a high risk commodity. Finally, there’s a scientifically validated alternative to washing. I think of Clēan Verification as a firewall between the field and the dinner plate.”

- Dr. Keith Warriner, Department of Food Science, University of Guelph

How it works

Produce is cleansed in two ways. The Clēan Batch process blows ozonated air through a chamber, achieving consistent sterilization from the top of the bin to the bottom. The Clēan Flow process uses light, a gentle mist and ozone to cleanse produce as it passes under a conveyor hood.

Combine both processes to eliminate 99.99% of pathogens and food-spoiling organisms, including clostridium botulinum, e-coli, salmonella, shigella, listeria, Hepatitis A, molds, mildews and rots. The ozone is freshly made in-process for maximum effectiveness. There is no residue on the produce and the only by-products are oxygen and water. Each process can be customized to work with your existing production lines, workflow and capacity for all kinds of whole and fresh-cut fruits and vegetables, from citrus, melons and berries to cucumbers, lettuces and tomatoes.

Clēan Flow Process

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Process: Continuous flow

Outputs: Water and oxygen

Total time: 30 seconds

Results: Kills 99.9% of pathogens

Clēan Batch Process

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Process: Batch

Total time: 20 - 30 minutes

Results: Kills 99.9% of pathogens

Combine both processes to kill 99.99%+ of pathogens

Benefits for every link in the
fresh produce supply chain

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GROWERS

WHEN
After washing to dry your produce or as part of your grading or pre-cooling routine.
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BENEFITS
Reduces cross-contamination from washing. Doubles your shelf life. Proves you're complying with government regulations and retail requirements for preventive control. Makes your produce attractive to larger retailers and processors.

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PROCESS
Clēan Batch
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KILLS 
99.9% of pathogens

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PACKERS AND PROCESSORS

WHEN
After produce arrives at the plant.
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BENEFITS
Eliminates pathogens for products without a cook step. Increases shelf life. Proves you're complying with government regulations and retail requirements for preventive control.
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PROCESS
Clēan Batch and/or Clēan Flow
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KILLS 
Up to 99.99% of pathogens when Clēan Batch and Clēan Flow are combined

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WHOLESALERS

WHEN
After produce arrives at the warehouse.
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BENEFITS 
Eliminates pathogens. Increases shelf life. Increases peace of mind regarding imported produce from developing countries. Proves you're complying with government regulations and retail requirements for preventive control.
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PROCESS
Clēan Batch and/or Clēan Flow
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KILLS
Up to 99.99% of pathogens when Clēan Batch and Clēan Flow are combined

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RETAILERS

WHEN
Prior to final packaging of fresh-cut and ready-to-serve produce.
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BENEFITS
Protects the health of your customers. Increases shelf life. Proves to public health agencies that you're complying with regulations.

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PROCESS
Clēan Flow
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KILLS 
99.9% of pathogens

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Clēan Works is a joint venture between Moyer’s Apple Products and Court Holdings Ltd. Moyer’s brings the grassroots understanding of the produce business and the drive to solve real-world problems for the industry. Court Holdings, a global manufacturer with a focus on innovation, brings the know-how to design processes and scale production. The Food Science Department at University of Guelph has partnered with Clēan Works to test processes and share results in peer reviewed journals.

 

We won the 2017 Premier's award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence.

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