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CHICAGO - SureBeam Corporation, leading provider of electron beam food safety systems and services for the food industry, is debuting the nation's first SureBeam facility capable of processing food simultaneously with SureBeam electron beam and x-ray technology. The center, which opens Thursday in Chicago, will be used to process fresh or frozen meats and other food products and spices.
"SureBeam's newest facility doubles SureBeam processing capacity and gives greater processing flexibility," says Larry Oberkfell, SureBeam's president and CEO. "A key innovation is its capability to use high-volume e-beam and x-ray scanning systems for eliminating the threat of harmful food borne bacteria simultaneously, so as to accommodate differences in product size and shape."
Similar to a microwave oven, the SureBeam technology uses electricity as its energy source to eliminate bacterial threats in food after it has been processed and packaged. SureBeam's patented technology generates a beam of accelerated electrons (called an electron beam) or X-rays from electricity. The beam is scanned across a food product, eliminating in seconds the harmful food borne bacteria such as E. Coli O157:H7, Listeria, Campylobacter and Salmonella without compromising food quality.
SureBeam technology has won the support of many of the nation's leading food processors, including IBP, Cargill/Excel, Emmpak Foods, Huisken Meats, Tyson Foods, Del Monte Foods, American Foodservice, WW Johnson, United Food Group, and others. Introduced to the American consumer in May 2000, SureBeam treated hamburgers are sold across the nation in thousands of supermarkets and food service, as well as being distributed nationally by Schwan's home food delivery and Omaha Steaks.
SureBeam also operates another center in Sioux City, Iowa, and a third center is being constructed in the greater Los Angeles area. SureBeam's facilities combine environmentally friendly electron beam and x-ray technologies, material handling, and SureTrack Information and Documentation systems so as to process approximately 40,000 pounds of
food product per hour.
SureBeam Corporation's strategic business plan calls for the building of a nationwide servicing network and to install SureBeam electronic pasteurizing technology in-line within the processing plants of major national food processors, as it is currently doing at two Excel meat processing facilities.