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FreshFx(R) in Scalder Reduces Pathogens in Evisceration
Date:6/6/2008

FreshFx antimicrobial solution is effective along entire poultry processing

line, including post-chill.

SHREVEPORT, La., June 6 /PRNewswire/ -- SteriFx Inc., which manufactures FreshFx antimicrobial solution, recently confirmed that poultry processing plants using FreshFx to acidify the scalder water have demonstrated a reduction in pathogen load.

"We know that adding FreshFx to the scalder can result in pathogen reduction, but we wanted to determine whether or not it would carry through the processing line," said John R. Dankert, Ph.D., CEO of SteriFx. "We sampled birds pre-scald as well as after the New York Rinse (NYR), which had a chlorinated water rinse, and noted pathogen reduction for the samples across the scalder and NYR cabinet.

"When FreshFx was added to the scald water, aerobic plate counts were reduced an additional two logs post-NYR, and an additional one log of kill for coliforms," added Dankert. "So, the enhanced reduction of pathogen load achieved by the FreshFx-treated scalder carried through the pickers and into evisceration. This should increase the effectiveness of any pathogen interventions later on."

This reinforces an October 2007 Watt Poultry USA article that identified FreshFx as "helping to solve the yield/pathogen reduction dilemma." Citing recent studies in large-scale processing plants, University of Georgia Associate Professor of Poultry Science Scott Russell, Ph.D., stated that "adding an acidic disinfectant chemical (such as FreshFx) during scalding ... benefits the system, allowing scalder temperatures to be lowered without the concern that Salmonella will begin to grow."

FreshFx is USDA-approved for use anywhere along the processing line: pre-evisceration in the scalder, over picking rails and in the NYR; throughout evisceration and for on-line reprocessing (OLR) as rinses or dips; and for pH control in the chillers, as well as post-chill. Since its approval as a proce
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