SureBeam Corporation has announced that California-based Square-H Brands, a manufacturer of ready-to-eat processed meats and ready-to-cook marinated meats, has signed a multiyear agreement to evaluate the use of SureBeam’s pasteurisation technology on its product lines.
Square-H joins a list of processed food producers who have signed agreements with SureBeam in anticipation of the FDA/USDA approval of the SureBeam technology as a means to eliminate harmful bacteria in processed foods.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control, food-borne diseases strike 76 million Americans annually, leading to more than 5,000 deaths – predominantly among children, the elderly, and the unborn.
The patented SureBeam process uses a 5 to 10 million electron volts (MeV) linear accelerator to accelerate a beam of electrons that then have sufficient energy to penetrate products in their final package or case.
The SureBeam technology breaks the DNA chain of harmful bacteria that can cause food-borne illnesses and controls insects in fruits and vegetables. The bacteria or insects are killed instantly or rendered harmless to reproduce.
The electron beam process can be used for treatment of fresh or frozen food in packages or cases up to a depth less than one foot, depending on product density. Its developers claim that it will instantly eliminate the threat from harmful food-borne bacteria such as E. Coli O157:H7, Listeria, Campylobacter and Salmonella.
SureBeam Corporation also uses X-ray technology to achieve microbial reduction. This process directs the same electronically generated electron beam to a metal target that then converts the beam to X-rays. This process is suitable for food case configurations up to several feet in depth.