This year’s NAMI Pathogen Control and Regulatory Compliance in Beef Processing Conference was an exciting one for Birko. Not only were we able to visit with customers and learn more about how we can better serve them, but we received very positive response to our technology currently in R&D, Elite 360.
Dr. Bob Delmore of Colorado State University gave a first look at research showing the Elite 360’s effectiveness at applying antimicrobial interventions. Elite 360 is a pass-through trim decontamination system that uses electrostatic technology and a patented containment chamber. Several attendees came up to us immediately following the presentation, expressing interest in Elite 360. As one VP of Food Safety and QA put it: “Exciting technology, very promising. Thank you for the excellent work.” This statement alone, should make our entire organization proud!
Coincidentally, and although we didn’t plan this, the topic of treating offal items was widely discussed at the conference. Birko recognized the difficulty of treating these items early on; our next round of testing and validation will test Elite 360 on offal items. If these results prove to be anywhere close to the results we achieved on chicken wings, we will have developed a technology that will truly change the industry.
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Mark Swanson, CEO, Birko, can be reached at MSwanson@birkocorp.com or (303) 289-1090.