Birko Helps Crunch Pak® Meet Produce Safety Regulations

March 14, 2013

HENDERSON, Colo. – Birko, a leading provider of antimicrobial process aids and sanitation chemistry to the produce industry, has partnered with Crunch Pak® to provide food safety solutions for fresh produce manufacture. Crunch Pak®, Cashmere, Wash., provides organic and conventional sliced apples to supermarkets nationwide and in Canada.

Birko recently installed its improved entryway foamers at Crunch Pak’s Washington and Pennsylvania plants. Entryway foamers help keep E. coli, Salmonella, Listeria and other pathogens from migrating at processing plants. Placed at all critical plant entries, the foamers will help protect Crunch Pak’s processing environment from contamination carried by foot traffic and forklift tires.

“Birko has made itself available to us as a partner to provide the right equipment and chemistry for our needs,” said Ozgur Koc, director of research and food safety/quality assurance at Crunch Pak’s Cashmere, Wash., plant. “They’ve enhanced our food safety practices and we look forward to continuing to grow with them.”

Dana Johnson, Birko’s produce specialist, said, “Crunch Pak® is on the cutting edge of produce safety, as produce processors are being asked to meet new stringent guidelines from the FDA.”

In addition to its entryway foamers, Birko has supplied Crunch Pak® with a complete suite of chemistry to control pathogens in its packinghouses, including:

  • Birko’s Algae Guard™ Quat Blocks, used in refrigeration unit condensate trays to prevent growth of harboring biofilms
  • Sterilex® Ultra Kleen CW-502 HF Powder, a foaming drain cleaner used as an instrumental part of Crunch Pak’s Listeria prevention program
  • Sterilex® Ultra Disinfectant Cleaner Solution I and Ultra Kleen Liquid Cleaner Solution II, biofilm removal products for deep cleaning of processing equipment

In addition, Crunch Pak’s comprehensive night time sanitation program incorporates Birko’s Neutra Foam™, Shine-A-Line™, Liquik® 2 CS, Ultra Niter™, and Foam Chlor 535™ to protect its products, consumers and brand. EPA-registered sanitizers Quadra-Quat™, 10-Clor™ and Birk-Ox™, combined with Birko’s exemplary technical support, provide Crunch Pak® with an effective and cost conscious cleaning program.

About Birko

Birko is a leading provider of food safety solutions to the meat, produce and beverage industries. Birko manufactures concentrated chemical formulations used in plant cleaning and sanitation, as well as antimicrobial interventions used to reduce pathogens from the manufacturing process of food. Birko’s equipment division, Chad Equipment, LLC, designs and manufactures chemical dispensing systems and state-of-the-art washing systems as well as equipment used for food safety protection in meat processing. Chad also provides ongoing service and support for its harvesting and processing equipment. Birko’s information technology includes BirkoStats™, an online chemical usage tracking system, and the BOSS™ Blend-On-Site System, which blends high performance cleaning products on-site from custom super concentrates. Founded in 1953, Birko is a WBENC Certified Women’s Business Enterprise and was awarded Supplier of the Century by the National Meat Association.

About Crunch Pak®

Crunch Pak® is the largest sliced apple producer in the United States. The company produces approximately two million apple slices a day and more than one billion apple slices a year.