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UGA licenses invention that kills food-borne pathogens in minutes
Date:4/6/2009

Athens, Ga. A new technology that kills dangerous pathogens on food at home and in restaurants, grocery stores, beverage-manufacturing and food-processing facilities has been licensed to the maker of FIT Fruit and Vegetable Wash. The licensing agreement between the University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc. and HealthPro Brands, Inc., FIT's parent company, vastly extends the range of applications for the company's current anti-microbial food wash.

The exclusive license, which includes sublicensing rights, is effective in select countries around the world, including the U.S.

The new technology, invented by scientists from the University of Georgia Center for Food Safety, can kill significant numbers of dangerous E. coli and salmonella in less than one minute, but it is recommended that the wash be applied from one to five minutes. The technology can be used as a food wash, with commercial applications for the produce, poultry, meat and egg processing industries.

"The re-formulated FIT food wash will kill more harmful microbes faster," said Mike Doyle, Center for Food Safety director, andtogether with microbiologist Tong Zhaoone of the technology's inventors. "The new anti-microbial food wash is orders of magnitude more powerful and twice faster."

Doyle is an internationally recognized authority on food safety whose research focuses on developing methods to detect and control food-borne bacterial pathogens at all levels of the food continuum, from farm to table. He has served as a scientific adviser to many groups, including the World Health Organization, the Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

"The new technology takes our current FIT product to a whole new level of sanitization," said Todd Wichmann, president and CEO of HealthPro Brands. "We look forward to getting our improved product into the hand
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Contact: Terry Marie Hastings
thasting@uga.edu
706-542-5941
University of Georgia
Source:Eurekalert

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