Birkoside MP-2™ Effective Against Listeria on Cantaloupe Rind

January 17, 2012

HENDERSON, Colo. – The final Congressional report on the Colorado Listeria outbreak in cantaloupe has highlighted the need for additional food safety protocols, including a combination of food safety audits and interventions for controlling pathogens in produce.
Birko, a leader in providing food safety solutions for the food industry, carries a peroxyacetic acid (PAA) based formulation, Birkoside MP-2™, that has been shown effective against Listeria on cantaloupe rind.

In addition, Birko also offers consulting services on cleaning and sanitation processes.

“While food safety audits for hire have created a problem in the food safety system, there are still many steps processors can take to ensure food safety,” said Dana Johnson, Birko’s produce specialist. “These include products such as Birkoside MP-2™, and a closer look at cleaning and sanitation practices.”

An October 2011 study compared the efficacy of peroxyacetic acid and sodium hypochlorite solutions for reducing Listeria on cantaloupe rind. Cantaloupes rinsed with PAA showed a 99.2% reduction in the number of Listeria bacteria, compared to a 96.6% reduction in Listeria when a sodium hypochlorite bleach rinse was used. The study was conducted by Enviro Tech Chemical Services, Modesto, Calif.

“In addition to good interventions, produce processors also need to develop a strong Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point plan (HACCP),” Johnson said.

Birko provides HACCP consultation for fruit and vegetable processors through its HACCP-certified food safety consultants. The company provides complete in-plant cleaning, chemical and sanitation audits, as well as assistance with chemical product usage, custom equipment procurement and employee training.

About Birko
Birko is a leading provider of food safety solutions to the protein processing, food and beverage industries. Birko manufactures concentrated CIP, sanitation, antimicrobial intervention and process chemical formulations. Birko’s equipment division designs and manufactures chemical dispensing systems, antimicrobial mixing and spraying conveyors and carcass washing and pasteurizing equipment. Birko’s information technology includes BirkoStats™, an online chemical usage tracking system, and VerifEYE™, a fecal identification imaging system. Founded in 1953, Birko is a WBENC Certified Women’s Business Enterprise and was awarded Supplier of the Century by the National Meat Association.