New Leaf Food Safety Solutions LLC in Salinas, CA, has developed SmartWash,
a food wash solution that optimizes the performance of standard wash
systems to deliver complete protection against bacterial cross-contamination,
a common precursor to outbreaks of foodborne illness.
Using a scientifically devised formula that precisely controls and maintains
the integrity of standard wash system components, SmartWash is a food-
grade solution that ensures consistent and optimal levels of contamination-
fighting agents. The result is a significant reduction in food contaminants and
total prevention of cross-contamination.
Designed as a simple addition to standard wash system equipment,
SmartWash is easy to implement, requires minimal investment and integrates
into existing systems with minimal impact, the company said.
The product has been subjected to rigorous development over a three-year
period in cooperation with Taylor Farms. Among the world's larger producers
of leafy greens, Taylor Farms recently completed implementation of
SmartWash in all of its leafy greens wash systems. "Compared to standard
industry wash systems, SmartWash has demonstrated a significant increase in
antimicrobial effectiveness, resulting in zero cross contamination," Bruce
Taylor, chief executive officer of Taylor Farms, said in a July 19 press release.
“In order for a foodborne illness outbreak to occur, three conditions must be
met: a source, spread and survival of a contaminant,” Jim Brennan, president
of New Leaf, said in the release. “By eliminating one of these vital steps — the
spread phase — SmartWash provides the processor added insurance that an
outbreak will not occur.”
Based on the results of preliminary research focused on the wash processing
of leafy greens, U.S. Department of Agriculture researchers have
demonstrated that in the presence of a high organic load and soils, the
addition of SmartWash to a chlorinated wash solution significantly reduces the
potential for pathogen survival and mitigates the risk of cross-contamination.