Food Processing

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  • Breweries, Wineries, Bottlers, and Dairies—Chlorine dioxide is used for the disinfection of external and internal surfaces of processing equipment, including lines and vessels.  Equipment and tanks for wine, beer, and other beverages is in constant need of cleaning and sanitizing.  The turnaround time for this work can significantly affect the productivity of the facility.  Chlorine dioxide is particularly well suited to save time and rinse water for these applications.

  • Fruit and Vegetable Wash— There are many uses for water in processes used to harvest fruits and vegetables and to process them for sale.  A number of cases of bacterial contamination have been reported in this market in recent years, adding a high degree of sensitivity to this issue.  ClO2 can be used for pathogen control by direct contact with the product.  It is also used for biofilm control in the processing equipment to deny pathogens a food source.

  • Carcass, Poultry, and Egg Washing—ClO2 can be used for pathogen control by direct contact with the product and by attacking biofilm in the related process equipment. 

  • Prepackage Rinse for Ready to Eat foods—ClO2 will sanitize foods when added to the rinse water of ready to eat packaged foods prior to the final packaging.

  • Bottle Rinsing—ClO2 can control pathogens by adding it to the rinse water used to clean bottles prior to filling.

  • Food Contact Surfaces—ClO2 and other cleaners are used to disinfect food contact surfaces in food processing plants.

  • Clean in Place Sanitizing—ClO2 can be used for pathogen and biofilm control in the process equipment and tanks used in food processing plants.  It is particularly effective for head space disinfection because it is a gas that can come in contact with hard to reach surfaces.

  • Pasturizers—ClO2 is effective for disinfection of the interiors of pasteurizers through clean in place techniques and the exteriors of pasteurizers through a spray application.

  • Bottle and Can Warmers—ClO2 can clean the interior and exterior of warmers providing control of pathogens. 

  • Chain and Conveyer Lube Water—Pathogen control on surfaces preserves lubricant, extending its use cycle and improving efficiency. 

  • Filler Head Assemblies—ClO2 injected into the water line will control pathogens in the water circulating through the lines and pumps.

  • Water Filtration and Distribution System—Filters must be cleaned and disinfected to prevent the spread of pathogens.  ClO2 is an effective disinfectant which will not damage most filter and membrane materials.

  • Mold and Odor Control of Environmental Spaces—ClO2 can be used for surface disinfection and biofilm control of food processing spaces.

  • Tanker Trucks and Rail Cars—ClO2 is used to clean and sanitize mobile food containers along with the associated lines and pumps.  It is particularly effective because as a gas it can easily reach head spaces.  Tankers carrying water-soluble fluids and bulk dry foods such as flour or grain all need to be periodically cleaned and sanitized.  The procedures involving milk/dairy fluids are the most closely scrutinized. Large tankers use overhead CIP systems with spinners that spray cleaning fluids, hot rinse water and food-grade sanitizing agents.  Smaller facilities use pressure washers to spray. The suggested guidelines are very similar to foodservice or food processing sanitation guidelines...clean, rinse, then sanitize.