KREYENBORG’s infrared light technology as alternative sterilization method for spices & herbs
Ethylene Oxide treatment for spices in U.S. comes under further pressure. KREYENBORG’s infrared light technology as alternative sterilization method for spices & herbs. Growers, processors, and traders worldwide are facing border rejections due to ethylene oxide (EtO) residues in their products. EtO is commonly used in healthcare facilities as an antimicrobial agent used to sterilize medical equipment and is also used in the spice industry as a sterilization method to control pathogenic bacteria, such as Salmonella and E. coli. This method has not been permitted for food products in Europe since 1991 due to its high carcinogenic risk. In the U.S., and in certain other countries EtO is still allowed for use in processing spices. This situation is about to change: the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently listed EtO facilities as bringing a “high cancer risk” to neighboring communities, due to emissions that are difficult to prevent using this technology. Now US multinational companies are working toward sterilization methods for spices that are accepted worldwide and that still meet the challenge of sterilizing spices without damaging their organoleptic properties. Stay on the safe side with KREYENBORG’s infrared technology! Sterilization of spices using KREYENBORG’s FoodSafety-IRD offers several advantages: the process is natural and applicable to organic foods; many world market leaders in the organic food and conventional food sectors – including some in the US - are using our process, which has already been validated for many products. Easy to clean and use, the system is suitable not only for sterilization, but also for drying, roasting, coating, and stock protection. This technology has been used to treat many foodstuffs, ranging from spices, herbs, nuts, seeds, tea, onions, dried vegetables among many other products. The active principle of infrared light enables rapid heating of the product, offering shorter treatment times.