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Chiquita unveils new technology

November 30, 1999  By Fruit & Vegetable


November 2, 2010, Orlando, FL – Chiquita Brands recently announced that, following years of intensive research and investment, it is introducing a technology breakthrough for food safety and freshness.

November 2, 2010, Orlando, FL – Chiquita Brandsrecently announced that, following years of intensive research and investment, it is introducing a technology breakthrough for food safety and freshness.

FreshRinse™ technology is a new produce wash that reduces microorganisms on leafy greens and better maintains freshness. Of equal importance, FreshRinse will be made available for license to the entire industry.

FreshRinse is a scientifically validated advancement for fresh produce safety that delivers a reduction in microorganisms on leafy greens, including microbial efficacy against such pathogens as Salmonella, Listeriamonocytogenes and E. coli O157:H7, as compared to the industry’s conventional chlorine sanitizers.

FreshRinse, when compared to traditional chlorine sanitizers, has been found to be of superior microbial efficacy and to better maintain freshness. After rigorous testing, including challenge studies on suspended and attached pathogen cells, FreshRinse results indicated substantial reduction of food borne pathogens – like Listeriamonocytogenes, Salmonella and E. coli O157:H7 – than chlorine sanitizers, with a third-party pathogen study performed by the National Center for Food Safety and Technology.

In attached cell testing, FreshRinse technology was shown to deliver a higher reduction for certain pathogens on certain leafy greens versus chlorine produce washes.

FreshRinse was shown to reduce nine times or more of E. coli O157:H7 and Salmonella for Romaine lettuce and Spinach versus chlorine produce washes. For example, FreshRinse reduced 78 times more Salmonella that were attached on Romaine lettuce leaves. FreshRinse also secondarily resulted in more than 750 times greater reduction of suspended pathogens compared to chlorinated wash water.


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