The IAFP award involves a plaque and $2,500 honorarium sponsored by Walmart and will be formally presented at the IAFP annual meeting running from July 21-24 in Louisville, Kentucky. It is considered the world’s leading conference dedicated to food safety, will include more than 1,250 presentations, and will attract over 3,600 professionals in food safety from industry, academia and government.
“We are honored to receive this award from such a prestigious organization as the IAFP,” said Mark VanderVeen, President of Clēan Works. “We never anticipated that the sanitizing technology developed in our small apple business would have the potential to significantly impact the food industry.”
The process developed by Clēan Works, called Clēan Verification, kills harmful pathogens and mold, and helps prevent contaminants from entering the water system. While water alone is only around 50% effective, this process is up to 99.9% effective under specific conditions. It has been validated by the Food Science Department at the University of Guelph, Canada’s leading agri-food institution.
“I think of Clēan Verification as a firewall between the field and the dinner plate,” said Dr. Keith Warriner, a University of Guelph food scientist and an authority in this field.
The method is organic and waterless, and can take less than 30 seconds. It uses ultraviolet light and vaporized hydrogen peroxide to kill up to 99.9% of pathogens like Listeria, based on Clēan Works’ controlled operating procedures. It also allows for compliance with regulations and can extend the shelf life of food products by up to 25%.
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