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Safeway Inc. plans to install an environmentally friendly food safety system to prevent the infestation of infectious pathogens in its fresh food.
The Pleasanton, Calif.-based grocer plans to have the system deployed chain-wide by year-end 2009. It contracted with Sterilox Food Safety Systems, a division of Malvern, Pa.-based Puricore, for the solution.
“The use of Sterilox furthers our commitment to rigorous quality and food safety standards,” said Jerry Noland, group v.p. of quality assurance and consumer protection for Safeway.
According to Sterilox, more than 25 U.S. supermarket chains, including two of the five largest, use its food safety systems in their crisping (rehydrating), misting, cut fruit, bakery, and seafood programs as a natural protection against cross contamination of infectious pathogens such as E.coli and Salmonella and to enhance the freshness of their perishables.