Birko helps cantaloupe growers in food safety fight

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Birkoside MP-2 takes on listeria on cantaloupe rind battle
Birkoside MP-2 takes on listeria on cantaloupe rind battle
Birko is offering a peroxyacetic acid (PAA) based formulation, Birkoside MP-2, that has been shown effective against listeria on cantaloupe rind, in response to concerns ahead of the growing season. 

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent a letter last month​ to the cantaloupe industry announcing it will inspect packing houses to identify any potential unsanitary conditions.

Cantaloupes rinsed with PAA showed a 99.2% reduction in listeria bacteria, compared to a 96.6% reduction when a sodium hypochlorite bleach rinse was used, according to a 2011 study from Enviro Tech Chemical Services.

“Cantaloupe growers and packers will need to ensure that their cantaloupe is free of pathogenic bacteria, including listeria​,” said Dana Johnson, Birko’s produce specialist.

“Our Birkoside MP-2 can assist in that regard, along with taking a closer look at cleaning and sanitizing practices within the facility itself.”

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