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MALVERN, Pa. -- Sterilox Food Safety, a division of Stafford, U.K.-based PuriCore, has received long-awaited notification that its Sterilox Solution has been approved as a food contact substance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
This FDA's Food Contact Substance Notification (FCN) is specific to the Sterilox System and formally recognizes its hypochlorous solution for use as a food-safe sanitizer to be used when re-hydrating or rinsing fresh produce, including leafy green vegetables.
The Sterilox System is already being used by leading U.S. retailers on produce in supermarkets. The Sterilox said the Sterilox Solution -- which mimics the natural anti-microbial hypochlorous solution produced by the human body to fight pathogens -- is highly effective at killing a broad range of pathogens and spoilage organisms including E.coli, Salmonella, Staphylococcus, Listeria, norovirus, avian influenza, yeast, and molds.
"This FDA Food Contact Notification represents yet another validation of our technology, and it builds on our existing EPA and other regulatory approvals for the use of the Sterilox Solution on fresh produce," said Tom Daniel, s.v.p./Sterilox Food Safety.
The Sterilox System uses salt, water, and electricity to generate a food-safe sanitizer on site and on demand and is currently used in thousands of U.S. retail supermarkets, the company said.