The meat industry faces significant challenges in ensuring the safety and quality of its products. Bacterial contamination, spoilage, and other issues can lead to consumer health concerns and result in economic losses for producers.
Meat is an ideal medium for the growth of microorganisms and spreading bacteria. Meat is highly susceptible to pathogens, including Salmonella, listeria, and E. coli. The pathogens live naturally in the intestine and can become contaminated during transport, slaughter, and production. Cross-contamination between food processing equipment is a major problem in the food industry. Food contact surfaces, such as cutting boards and knives, can become contaminated with pathogenic microorganisms during meat processing and handling. Contamination of these surfaces can lead to the transfer of microorganisms to the meat, increasing the risk of foodborne illness.
In addition, to the risk of contamination during production, transport, and cold storage, meat is highly perishable due to its high protein and moisture content. This makes it more susceptible to spoilage and degradation.
Therefore, it is imperative to use effective disinfection methods to control contamination in meat and reduce the risk of foodborne illnesses. Proper hygiene practices and disinfectants such as ozone can help mitigate the contamination risks in meat products. Ozone technology for meat disinfection offers a great solution.
The Power of Ozone Disinfection
Salmonella is the most commonly associated pathogen with poultry products. Currently, contamination is removed or controlled during carcass processing using a combination of thermal treatment, water, and chemical antimicrobials, such as peracetic acid (PAA). However, these chemical antimicrobials can be toxic before and after oxidation. Additionally, these chemicals affect meet quality because they produce undesired color and texture effects and the development of off-flavors. In addition, chemical antimicrobials are expensive and have the disadvantage of leaving hazardous residues.
the food industry is turning to ozone to lower sanitation and disinfection costs. Ozone is a potent and safe disinfectant, with 1.5 times the power of chlorine and 3000 times the reactivity. Studies have shown that ozone is effective against common meat microorganisms, parasites, and viruses, including Salmonella, mesophilic, and Escherichia coli. Ozone is a bactericidal agent with a rapid inactivation mechanism, and it does not leave residues, making it a safe and economical disinfection solution. For instance, treating carcasses with ozonized water can reduce the levels of microorganisms, resulting in higher meat quality and longer shelf life.
In addition to its powerful antimicrobial properties. Ozone does not leave residues and is a safe and economical disinfection solution. Furthermore, ozone treatment does not affect the taste, texture, or color of meat, making it an attractive alternative for the industry.
Reduce The Early Chick Mortality
Early chick mortality can be significantly reduced using ozonated water in various poultry applications. A wide range of processes uses ozonated water, including egg hatcheries, potable water in poultry houses, disinfection of the interior of poultry houses during period changes, production areas, chiller units, and process water disinfection.
Ozone has numerous benefits for the poultry industry, including improved chicken health and reduced need for vaccines and medications. Ozone gas is also used for disinfecting incubators, nest boxes, and production farms and is effective against pathogens like E. coli and Pseudomonas. Unlike formaldehyde, methanol, peracetic acid, and chlorine, ozone is a natural disinfectant that leaves no residue and poses no risk of chemical residues. By taking advantage of the power of ozone, the poultry industry increased shelf life and produced higher-quality, healthier products for consumers while also promoting animal welfare.
Enhancing Food Safety
The FDA has approved the use of ozone as a safe and effective antimicrobial agent in processing all foods, including poultry meat ensuring food safety. This ruling allows for using ozone as an alternative to traditional chemical antimicrobials, which can be hazardous and leave harmful residues. By using ozone in food processing, food manufacturers can ensure their products’ safety and quality while reducing costs and promoting sustainability. Ozone has been demonstrated to be effective against a wide range of foodborne pathogens, making it a valuable tool in the fight against foodborne illness.
Absolute Ozone Generators are the Best Choice for Ozone Meat Disinfection
For the past 25 years, Varius meat industries have successfully applied Absolute Ozone® technologies. Our Absolute Ozone® generators are the most efficient in the industry. We have a highly experienced and knowledgeable engineering team that can assist you in the following areas:
- Selecting the Right Size Absolute Ozone® Ozone Generator for Your Ozone Meat Disinfection Application.
- Supply the oxygen concentrator or help choose the correct oxygen supply by ensuring you have the correct air preparation/feed gas.
- Supply all necessary accessories, such as online monitoring and control equipment.
- Help with a complete initial design, installation guidance, and process details with maximum profitability.
- Provide full technical support from expert application engineers every step of the way, before installation and throughout the years.
Contact us now. Our staff will help you explore all the possibilities ozone can offer your meat disinfection project.