Cleaning Fruits and Vegetables with Innovative Waterless Technology

Clēan Works’ Clean Verification process uses ultraviolet light, vaporized hydrogen peroxide, and ozone to kill up to 99.99% of pathogens.

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Growers

Reduce cross-contamination and comply with government regulations and retail requirements for preventative control. Become more attractive to processors and larger retailers with Clēan and pathogen-free produce.

Packers & Processors

Eliminate pathogens for products without a cook step and increase shelf life. Prove you’re complying with government regulations and retail requirements for preventive control.

Retailers

Protect the health of your customers, increase shelf life, and prove to public health agencies that you’re complying with regulations.

Wholesalers

Eliminate pathogens, shelf life, and peace of mind regarding imported produce from developing countries. Prove you’re complying with government regulations and retail requirements for preventive control.

Shipping & Warehouses

Eliminate pathogens, shelf life, and peace of mind regarding imported produce from developing countries. Prove you’re complying with government regulations and retail requirements for preventive control.

“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

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The Science Behind Our Technology

Traditional methods of cleaning produce, using chlorine washes, only offer a 50% contaminant reduction (0.5 log). Clēan Verification is up to 99.99% effective at killing harmful pathogens and mold. To put that into perspective, operating room sterility is 99.9% (3 log).

Benefits extend to all major players in the agri-food industry – growers, packers and processors, wholesalers, and retailers.

Not only does the Clēan Verification process reduce health risks, but it also increases the shelf life of produce by up to 25%.

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Post-Harvest Washing Is No Longer a Viable Option for Decontaminating Produce

WHAT YOU NEED

Fresh produce is a considerable source of foodborne illness outbreaks, such as E. coli, Salmonella, Listeria, and human parasites, among others. In the past, outbreaks of this nature were primarily limited to leafy greens, tomatoes, and cantaloupes. A recent trend, however, indicates that more diverse produce types (such as cucumbers and papayas) are being implicated.

While on-farm good agriculture practices (GAP) largely contribute to preventing such pathogens from entering the fresh produce chain, these practices simply cannot be relied on due to the nature of farming and food processing.

There is a clear need for interventions that can remove field and processing acquired contaminations. This is especially true since fresh produce is often eaten raw.

WHAT WE DO

Clēan Verification is a decontamination treatment and alternative to traditional post-harvest washing, the latter of which provides limited and unpredictable decontamination efficacy. Post-harvest washing was once considered decontamination but is now understood to be a high-risk cross-contamination point.

Our process, using ultraviolet light, vaporized hydrogen peroxide, and ozone, kills up to 99.99% of pathogens and is more effective and consistent than traditional cleaning methods. Clēan Verification can be applied individually or sequentially to microbes on the surface and subsurface of fresh produce.

Continuous monitoring of critical limits is an added advantage to a process that virtually eliminates pathogens.

See How Our Process Compares to Traditional Methods

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 the University of Guelph has partnered with Clēan Works to test processes and share results in peer reviewed journals.

We won the 2019 International Association for Food Protection Food Safety Innovation Award.

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Paul Moyer
Paul MoyerCo-Founder
Paul is the Chief Networker and Idea Man behind Clēan Works. Paul’s leadership style inspires his team to continue to innovate cutting edge disinfection solutions for the healthcare industry.

He is a 9th-generation fruit farmer in the Niagara Peninsula of Southern Ontario. He is the co-owner of Moyers Apple Products, based in Beamsville, Ontario, and established that enterprise in 1990. Moyers Apple Products won an Ontario Centre of Excellence award and received the 2017 Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence from the Government of Ontario for his Clēan Verification proves to tackle issues of food contamination.

Paul and CEO Mark used this process to create Clēan Works after receiving the call to action from the Canadian government to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Paul is from Vineland, Ontario, and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Marketing from Auburn University, in Auburn, Alabama. He also has an associate’s degree in Microbiology, Economics and Marketing in the field of Agricultural Marketing at Alfred State College, SUNY (State University of New York) College of Technology, in Alfred, New York.

Mark Vanderveen
Mark VanderveenCEO
Mark is the leader of Clēan Works, responsible for the overall company direction. His leadership style empowers his team to create impactful disinfecting technology solutions that are immediately applicable in ensuring the safety of our healthcare providers while coordinating with national and state/provincial institutions.

Mark and co-owner Paul originated Clēan Works after receiving the call to action from the Canadian government to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mark holds an MBA from Athabasca University and is a Chemical Engineering Technologist. His three decades of enterprise leadership and operational management include growing technology & manufacturing companies while scaling to national and global demands.

His career portfolio includes various leadership roles with Ford Motor Company, CEO of Royal Laser Manufacturing Inc.; a Toronto-based company that specializes in wood and metal fabrication, and most currently as President and Chairman of Court Holdings Manufacturing Inc.

The other hats he wears are Master Barbecuer, Marathon Completer, and Chief Expert in whatever hobby his grandkids have engaged in.