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UGA licenses invention that kills food-borne pathogens in minutes




April 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.

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“The
re-formulated FIT food wash will kill more harmful microbes faster,” said Mike
Doyle, Center for Food Safety director, and—together with microbiologist Tong
Zhao—one of the technology’s inventors. “The new anti-microbial food wash is
orders of magnitude more powerful and twice faster.”