Press Room

Current good manufacturing practices and proposed FSMA changes are mandating greater attention to produce safety. Birko provides a complete line of products useful for reducing pathogens on produce, including Veggiexide™, a proven antimicrobial intervention for fruit and vegetable processors.

Birko also carries a line of antimicrobial hand soaps and hand sanitizers, useful in helping workers in the field, packing sheds, and processing facilities comply with GMPs. Additionally, Birko supplies a line of EPA-approved biofilm remediation products.

Chad Equipment, LLC, a Birko company, meets concerns about cross contamination and bacteria transfer during processing through its Conveyorized Antimicrobial Spray System. Chad’s Boot Scrubber/Wash reduces cross-contamination between processing areas by automatically scrubbing, washing and sanitizing soles, tops and sides of boots and sanitizing personnel’s hands at the same time.

 Birko’s experts can address: 

  • Effective ways to fight Salmonella, E. Coli and Listeria, as well as other foodborne pathogens
  • Meeting cleaning and sanitation challenges with environmentally-safe chemistry
  • Biofilm remediation

In the Press Room, you’ll find bios of Birko’s management team and chemists/microbiologists, and additional resources including a company profile and an overview of The Birko Advantage–an integrated food safety solution of environmentally safe chemistry, state-of-the-art equipment and comprehensive information technology.

Please feel free to contact us for more information or to arrange an interview.

Media Contact:
Kristi McCrery
Marketing Coordinator

Management Team

Birko’s management team is well recognized for its expertise on food safety for the protein, produce and brewery industries. We are actively involved in industry associations, including the the United Fresh Produce Association, North American Meat Association,  the American Chemical Society and the Master Brewers Association of the Americas. Here you can learn more about our team’s specific areas of expertise. High resolution photos are available on request.

Kelly Green, Owner and Chairman of the Board
Mark Swanson, Chief Executive Officer
Terry McAninch, Vice President, Research and Development
Philip Snellen, Vice President, Sales
Mike Gangel, President, Chad Equipment, LLC

Chemists and Biologists

Birko’s expertise and innovation in food safety is built on a strong technical foundation. Our laboratory facilities include a Class II pathogen lab, headed by Birko’s Research and Development Chemist, Victor Reusch, Ph.D., and supported by a highly-trained team of chemists and microbiologists. These professionals are available for on-site consultations with customers in the protein, produce and brewery industries. High resolution photos are available on request.

Elis Owens, Ph.D., Senior Chemist/Microbiologist
Victor Reusch, Ph.D., R&D Chemist
Dana Johnson, Brewery Specialist
Erin Cain-Helfrich, Quality Manager / Regulatory Specialist


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Additional Resources

Company Profile
The Birko Advantage