BioSafe Welcomes New Hire to Meat, Poultry and Seafood Segment

BioSafe Systems is proud to welcome Dean Allen to the Meat, Poultry and Seafood Team as Regional Sales Manager based in Shreveport, LA. Dean will be charged with increasing the market share and sales of BioSafe’s microbial intervention products, animal health sanitation products and food safety solutions. He will focus on developing lasting relationships with key decision makers and acquiring new customers.

Holding a degree in General Business and Business Administration from Cypress College, Dean has an impressive history in business and sales management; the Allen family owned and operated a Dale Carnegie Training franchise for several years which lead Dean to running his own business, AMA Employee Testing and Training. Dean’s experience in the specialty chemistry industry began with ChemStation where he held several sales management positions and then most recently with Zep, Inc. where he spent the last 5 years.

Dean’s unique background in sales and food safety chemistries will be an invaluable asset to BioSafe’s current and expanding client base.

“As a sales leader in the food safety industry, I have always been concerned and passionate about how our food travels from farm to plate and protecting our customer’s brand while at the same time producing the safest food possible for the everyday consumer. I am looking forward to having a long and prosperous career with BioSafe Systems.”

Grower Tips: Hot Weather Prep – 5 Opportunities to Maximize Airflow & Cooling

Published with permission by Poultry Times.  Originally posted on April 7, 2017.

National Poultry Technology Center – Auburn University

AUBURN, Ala. — Hot weather is just around the corner and it is time to start thinking about how to make sure our tunnel ventilation and evaporative cooling systems are ready to produce maximum airflow and bird cooling. Many companies and growers, especially those raising large broilers, got caught with a heat wave last summer that resulted in high mortalities.The sad truth is that many, if not most, of those mortalities could possibly have been avoided. In this article, we outline the key spring cleaning and maintenance tips to help you recognize and take advantage of too-often overlooked opportunities to get the full airflow and tunnel cooling needed to avoid unnecessary mortalities this summer.

Here’s the quick list:

Opportunity 1: Stop hot air leaks

Opportunity 2: Service & repair fans

Opportunity 3: Get full inlet openings

Opportunity 4: Clean evaporative cooling pads

Opportunity 5: Stop hot air bypassing cooling pads

Opportunity 1: Stop hot air leaks — Get the windspeed and cooling you paid for.

During full tunnel, we want to force all air to enter through the tunnel inlets, flow down the house over the birds, and out the fans. Any outside air that leaks into the house between the tunnel inlets and the tunnel fans will hurt windspeed and add cooling load.

Air leaks from the attic or through house structural gaps are also likely to be much hotter than ambient outside air. Any unsealed cracks or holes where sun is shining on roof or sidewall metal are likely to allow super-heated air, often well over 100 degrees F, to enter the house, putting a much heavier load on the cooling system.

Visual inspection of attic inlets, attic access doors, ceiling material, perimeter inlets, man doors, and curtains can often reveal easily-sealed leak points.

Follow-up smoke testing is well worth the trouble to identify and seal otherwise hard to find leaks, especially along sidewalls, foundation seals, and end walls. Few broiler houses, even relatively new ones, are tight enough to justify a grower passing up a springtime between-flocks opportunity to stop hot air leaks.

Opportunity 2: Service & repair fans — Maintain full fan capacity to get maximum airflow.

All fans used for tunnel ventilation must be thoroughly cleaned, inspected and repaired. Having clean fans is good, but cleanliness will not restore airflow lost because of worn parts. We often find clean tunnel fans that are overdue for major repairs and are keeping growers from getting maximum windspeed.

Belts, tensioners, pulleys and shutters should be at the top of the list. Maintenance for a relatively new house is just as important as “old” house maintenance. A tunnel fan that has run (conservatively) 1,500 hours a year for five years has operated for 7,500 hours and the belts should have already been replaced a couple of times.

Even in fairly new houses, we have been able to pick up over 100 fpm (feet per minute) in windspeed simply by changing belts and servicing belt tensioners on fewer than half of the house tunnel fans. In addition to doing maintenance ahead of hot weather, growers raising big birds should be inspecting fans for problems and cleaning shutters during the growout.

This is especially important if in-house foggers are used. Fans provide the muscle power needed for maximum cooling. Don’t let fans be the weak link in your cooling system.

Opportunity 3: Get full inlet openings — Get more air moving under lower pressure.

Tunnel doors and curtains must be inspected to make sure they are in the full open position when all fans are on. We find many damaged pulleys, broken strings, and broken cables that cause inlet air restrictions and reduced tunnel airflow. Less airflow means lower air speed and reduced cooling for the birds.

It is a good idea — ahead of the cooling season and after doing cooling system maintenance — to place each house in the full tunnel mode with the tunnel inlets fully open and record the static pressure. Then if at any time during hot weather you find a house running under significantly higher pressure, you are likely to find an air flow restriction as the culprit.

For example, a house that normally tests at 0.11 inches in full tunnel, and then suddenly approaches 0.15 inches in full tunnel during growout is showing you a sign that something is restricting airflow. Keep tunnel curtains moved out of the way in full tunnel.

Opportunity 4: Clean evaporative cooling pads — To get full cooling benefit.

A typical 40-foot wide broiler house evaporative cooling system can evaporate over 5,000 gallons of water on a hot day in Alabama. A 66-foot wide house can evaporate over 11,000 gallons of water per day.

 It is easy to understand how mineral and dust buildup can quickly occur on the surfaces of 6-inch evaporative pad systems when this much water is being evaporated on a daily basis.

This means growers must be aware of water quality and the need to replace pad system water in a timely manner. It is important to keep clean water in the system and to keep the screen filters in place and header holes unstopped to prevent fouling the evaporative cooling system. When the house needs maximum cooling, every square foot of pad must be wet.

It’s important that every evaporative cooling system have enough water flowing over the pads to keep dust and debris from drying onto the surface of the pads. As mineral concentrations increase and dust accumulates, this buildup can severely restrict the airflow through the evaporative pads. Once this buildup is allowed to dry and harden it can be difficult to remove without damaging the pads.

Make sure the pads and system are thoroughly cleaned before adding chemicals. Follow the directions for cleaning as stated on the label. Inspect pads, flush header pipes and tanks, and replenish the system with fresh water on a routine basis. Evaporative cooling is essential along with good tunnel airflow to keep birds comfortable in hot weather.

Opportunity 5: Stop air bypassing cooling pads — Keep hot air off birds.

Air that is allowed to leak into the plenum room (dog house) without passing through the wetted evaporative pads is a big problem. Any air that leaks through the ceiling of the plenum room just under the roof metal can be 130 degrees F or more during the heat of the day.

To stop that hot air from entering the house, plenum room ceilings must be insulated and air tight. We also often find air coming in above and below the recirculation system frames, around access doors, and the end walls of the plenum rooms. Gaps between pads are another too-often seen way hot air is allowed to enter the house.

Any gaps must be closed up by pushing the pads to one side and adding additional pad or partial sections to fill the gaps. Take time to check the entire plenum room for possible air leaks that could be robbing the house of cooled air. You may well find an opportunity to gain several additional degrees of cooling.

The Bottom Line

Hot weather brings challenges that will test even the best growers. Growers who get the rewards of top flock performance pay close attention to the details in these five opportunities and understand that they complement one another.

Getting maximum bird cooling performance requires all five out of five steps to be completed and maintained. Improving cooling by 1 or 2 degrees and windspeed by 100 fpm is a big deal in hot weather.

For more details on what you can do to meet your goals this coming summer, visit our website at and watch our YouTube videos on “Tips for Tunnel Cooling, House Tightness and Generator Service.”

And, to protect your bottom line, remember that a hot weather plan is only as good as the backup plan. If you have not already done so, now is the time to get your generator and electrical systems properly serviced, alarms tested, alarm batteries replaced, backups calibrated, and spare parts back in stock. These items are essential to keep flocks safe from disaster when the primary components fail, so don’t take them for granted.

More information from the National Poultry Technology Center (NPTC) at Auburn University can be obtained at

BioSafe Systems to Attend Mississippi Poultry Association’s Poultry Management School in May

EAST HARTFORD, Connecticut – BioSafe will be attending Mississippi Poultry Association’s Poultry Management School May 9-10, 2017 in Starkville, MS.

Participants will receive critical information from some of the best and most knowledgeable speakers in the business. Come to learn, network and socialize with others in the poultry health industry.

BioSafe is one of the largest manufacturers of peroxyacetic acid (PAA) in North America providing sustainable disease control products to the Agriculture, Horticulture, Post-Harvest/Food Safety, Meat and Poultry, Aquatics, Home & Garden, Turf, and Commercial/Industrial Sanitation industries.

Michael Applewhite, Technical Service Representative


FDA Announces Three Waivers to Sanitary Transportation Rule

Published with permission by Food Safety Magazine.  Originally posted on April 4, 2017.

When the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food rule was proposed, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it intended to waive the rule’s requirements in certain cases in which they would not be needed to further protect foods from becoming unsafe.

Today, the FDA announced the publication of three waivers to the now final Sanitary Transportation rule mandated by the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

The waivers are for businesses whose transportation operations are subject to separate State-Federal controls. They include:

  • Businesses holding valid permits that are inspected under the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments’ Grade “A” Milk Safety Program, only when transporting Grade “A” milk and milk products.
  • Food establishments authorized by the regulatory authority to operate when engaged as receivers, or as shippers and carriers in operations in which food is delivered directly to consumers, or to other locations the establishments or affiliates operate that serve or sell food directly to consumers. (Examples include restaurants, supermarkets and home grocery delivery services.)
  • Businesses transporting molluscan shellfish (such as oysters, clams, mussels or scallops) that are certified and inspected under the requirements established by the Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference’s (ISSC) National Shellfish Sanitation Program (NSSP) and that transport the shellfish in vehicles permitted under ISSC authority.

The FSMA rule on Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food is part of the FDA’s effort to protect foods from farm to table by keeping them safe from contamination during transportation. The rule establishes requirements for shippers, loaders, carriers by motor or rail vehicle, and receivers involved in transporting human and animal food.

These waivers are being published after being described in the proposed and final rule. FDA considered comments on the waivers and found that the waivers would not result in the transportation of food under conditions that would be unsafe for human or animal health, or contrary to the public interest.

More information regarding the Sanitary Transportation rule (including a discussion of the comments we received on these waivers), and any of the FSMA provisions, is available at

BioSafe Systems: Growing our East Coast Technical Team

EAST HARTFORD, CT, April 13 – BioSafe Systems is proud to announce the strategic hire of Patrick Clark, as a Technical Sales Representative for the Northeast territory of the United States.  He brings with him an extensive experience and regional knowledge of the agriculture market.

Patrick served as a business unit agronomist for Helena Chemical Company where he provided agronomic and precision agriculture support in the eastern half of the US. He was also employed by Marrone Bio Innovations as a sales representative in the Northeast & Great Lakes regions. Prior to that, he was the general manager of a wholesale nursery servicing the ornamental and agriculture markets in the Northern California, Western Nevada, and Southern Oregon markets. Patrick holds three Associate of Agriculture Science degrees from Butte-Glen Community College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture Science: Crops, Horticulture, & Land Resource Management from California State University – Chico, CA. 

He will be based in the greater Philadelphia area and is advantageously located to best support the Northeastern US territory via travel. In Patrick’s spare time, he enjoys camping/hiking, backpacking, kayaking, fishing, and hunting. He is an avid reader of history and science based subjects, and he thoroughly enjoys travelling and exploring new cultures. Additionally, Patrick volunteers his time at a local community garden project as well as hosting mini-seminars there to home gardeners on a wide range of agricultural and horticultural topics. BioSafe Systems welcomes Patrick and is pleased to have him as a part of the family.

For more information, contact BioSafe Systems toll-free at 888-273-3088

Must Haves for Pre-season Preparation

By: Matthew Lavallee

With Spring upon us a new growing season begins across America, the importance of pre-season preparation can’t be understated; ensuring that you are equipped for future issues now can save a lot of time and money later down the road. Anticipating a pest or pathogen outbreak keeps growers more mindful throughout the entire production and keeping ahead of these potential issues will aid in generating a bountiful crop with as little loss as possible. Read more about how to stay on top of your crop this season by preparing early.

Treat those seeds

Pre-season preparation begins with properly treating seeds prior to planting using hot water treatments or bactericide/fungicide washes to kill pathogens on the seed itself before they begin to germinate. Using washes and baths is the most effective way to neutralizes pathogens but the process requires immediate planting once they are introduced to water for such a prolonged period. Plan ahead and ensure that your fields are ready to receive the seed as soon as it has been treated to maximize control of bacteria and fungus but minimize the loss of seed due to moisture.


Healthy Soil is imperative

Of course, planting treated seeds into infected soil undoes this hard work so to make sure that planting areas are prepped to receive cleaned seed as soon as possible, focus on eradicating soil borne pathogens, pests, and nematodes in the field itself by treating the planting area with bactericides/fungicides especially in the root zone, managing pathogens and establishing a proper starting point for healthy plants. Once the pathogens have been addressed, using a beneficial soil amendment or inoculant can increase stimulation of healthy root systems and aid in increased yields all season long.


Don’t forget Pre, and Post emergent weed treatment

Now that the seeds and soil are clean you have developed a near perfect breeding ground for all plants, including the ones that you didn’t introduce. Controlling weeds immediately and continuing throughout the entire growing season should be a top priority for any grower. Take action early whenever possible with pre-emergent herbicides to gain the upper hand early and continue the fight once weeds have broken the surface with post emergent weed control in order to keep resource-competing weeds at bay.

Proper weed management should not be limited to the crop area but also practiced around the entire premises. Don’t neglect to use broad spectrum herbicides in less attended areas such as roadsides/driveways, fence lines, and around barns and storage areas where unwanted plants can become unwieldy and problematic rather quickly.


Prep now, reap later

Following steps like these is just one part of a healthy and productive season, but without pre-season preparation, you could be setting yourself up for more issues than there is time to address. Acting now, and keeping the pressure on ensures success that will last all season long.