Agriculture Team Addition

East Hartford, CT – BioSafe Systems is pleased to announce the hire of Kaleb Tyrone as a new Sales Representative in the Southeast. Kaleb lives in Hahira, GA and grew up on his family’s vegetable farm. He graduated from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in 2017 with a degree in Diversified Agriculture.

Kaleb’s experience makes him a great fit for the BioSafe Systems’ team. He was a greenhouse manager at Fowler Plant Company and spent many summers working on the family farm at the packing shed. At BioSafe Systems, Kaleb will be helping to grow sales in Georgia, Florida and the Mid-South.

“I am excited to be a part of BioSafe Systems team and look forward to helping expand the business across Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas,” states Kaleb.

For more information, contact us toll-free at 888-273-3088.

New Broad-Spectrum Bactericide/Fungicide

BioSafe Systems is excited to announce the release of OxiDate® 5.0, a powerful, peroxyacetic acid (PAA) based, broad spectrum liquid bactericide/fungicide registered to treat and control plant pathogens on a wide variety of crops. OxiDate 5.0 is the “keystone” to any successful spray program as it ensures an increased ROI by delivering dependable results at a competitive price.

OxiDate 5.0 works on contact with no residues or known resistance. This allows for frequent applications with consistent results. Apply up to and including the day of harvest. This product is tank mix compatible with many commonly used pesticides, fertilizers and adjuvants. OxiDate 5.0 can be used to control powdery mildew, downy mildew, blight, wilt and more.

For more information about OxiDate 5.0, contact us toll-free at 888-273-3088

AXXE® Broad Spectrum Herbicide Now Approved for Use in Food and Cannabis Production in Canada

East Hartford, CT — Under the authority of the Pest Control Products Act, BioSafe Systems’ AXXE Broad Spectrum Herbicide has been approved for foliar spray treatment around food crops and cannabis in Canada.

The approved label reads: AXXE Broad Spectrum Herbicide can now be used around berries, grapes, orchards, carrots, ginseng, onions, potatoes, hops, cannabis, nursery crops (field and container-grown plants), greenhouse crops (including ornamentals), melons, cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, lettuce, brussels sprouts, broccoli, herbs, mushrooms, garlic, cauliflower etc., if they are protected from contact with the spray solution.

 AXXE Broad Spectrum Herbicide is a highly effective non-selective, broad-spectrum herbicide. Its formula penetrates the cell walls of a plant, causing weeds to collapse and die. AXXE Broad Spectrum Herbicide has many features and benefits that make it ideal for use in food and cannabis production, including: provides rapid burndown of the plant and is tank mix compatible with other pre and post-emergent herbicides, not affected by temperature, leaves no residue and will not migrate into the soil.

The full AXXE Broad Spectrum Herbicide Canada label can be found on BioSafe Systems’ Canadian website (www.biosafesystem.ca).

PerCarb® now approved in California

EAST HARTFORD, CT – As of July 25, 2019, BioSafe Systems’ PerCarb has been approved for use in the state of California by the Department of Pesticide Regulation.

PerCarb is an EPA-registered, 0-hour REI, broad-spectrum bactericide/fungicide designed to treat and control plant pathogens that cause major foliar diseases on field-grown crops, tree crops, vine crops, berries, small fruits, vegetable crops and greenhouse fruits and vegetables.

PerCarb is designed for superior coverage in foliar applications with no phytotoxicity as well as pre- and post-season dormant applications for many tree and vine crops, providing excellent control of downy mildew, powdery mildew, botrytis rot, bacterial leaf spot and more.

For more information, contact BioSafe Systems toll-free at 888-273-3088 or visit www.biosafesystems.com

BioSafe Systems adds to California Sales Team

EAST HARTFORD, CT – BioSafe Systems is pleased to announce the hire of Taylor Vadon as Technical Sales Representative for their Agricultural sales division. Based out of Healdsburg CA, Taylor will be working to build new sales opportunities and support the company through representation at events within the wine grape industry.

Taylor earned a bachelor’s degree in Crop Science from Chico State University and is currently enrolled in a master’s program in Viticulture and Enology from Charles Sturt University. Prior to joining BioSafe Systems, Taylor worked for Clendenen Vineyard Management as manager of new vineyard development and as Viticulturist. Taylor has worked with all aspects of citrus, crops for seed production, and stone fruit crops making him an ideal addition to the agricultural team.

For more information contact BioSafe Systems toll-free at 888-273-3088 or visit www.biosafesystems.com

BioSafe Systems adds to California Sales Team

EAST HARTFORD, CT – BioSafe Systems is pleased to announce the hire of Mathew Smith as Technical Sales Representative for their Agricultural sales division. Based out of Fillmore CA, Mathew will be working to build new sales opportunities, maintain relationships with distributors, and support the company through representation at events within his territory.

Mathew earned a bachelor’s degree from California State University in Fresno, majoring in Plant Science with an emphasis in Plant Health. He also is a licensed Pest Control Advisor in California and a certified Agronomist. Prior to joining BioSafe Systems, Mathew worked for Wonderful Citrus as a grower relations representative in the citrus and avocado industries.

For more information contact BioSafe Systems toll-free at 888-273-3088 or visit www.biosafesystems.com

Animal Activists

By: Rob Larose, CEO & President of BioSafe Systems

I turned 60 years old in 2018 and for my entire adult life, I have been a meat eater. I have never given the slightest thought as to being anything other than a carnivore.

My father, from the time I was born, was trained as a microbiologist and worked in the poultry industry. I worked mostly in the environmental construction field but had a variety of jobs throughout the years. I fixed, repaired and constructed water and waste water plants and systems. I have also worked in the environmental remediation industry, cleaning up hazardous waste in both industrial and government sectors.

When I turned 40, I started a company with my father developing, manufacturing and marketing green, sustainable alternatives to toxic pesticides used in a variety of industries like agriculture, commercial horticulture and in-water treatment applications. Five years ago, our company decided to enter the meat and poultry market, providing sustainable solutions for both poultry processors as well as on-the-farm applications. Even then, I was still a happy carnivore.

Recently, I became aware of an extreme group of animal rights activists that were attacking our customers; right here in North America. Most animal rights activists work on creating better living conditions for farm raised animals, but some have become animal rights terrorists, misinformed about the marketplace and conducting criminal acts against farmers and processors.

There are bad apples in any industry and for sure, there have been some well documented acts of animal cruelty, not just part of the animal farming industry, but in general society. I assume there are many more cases of animal cruelty documented in general society than the animal farming community.

In my experience working in the animal farming community, 99 percent of farmers and their employees take exceedingly good care of their farm-raised animals. The reason is simple: when farms exist, without the animals in good health, they cannot be harvested for the optimal dollar amount. A sick or hurt dairy cow will not produce milk and a stressed angus cow and/or pig will not put on weight that produces the highest possible return on the farmers’ investment.

Some activists wish to stop animal farming all together and have not just somebut all of society become vegetariansWhat would happen if overnight, all commercial animal farming was outlawed?

If the world depended on a vegetarian diet, the animals they are trying to save would starve. These animals have evolved over thousands of years by domestication and if production shut down, there would be no farmers to feed them. These farmers would have to raise high producing protein crops of beans to replace the cattle, pigs and chickens. A mass starvation of these domesticated animals would rival the extinction of the dinosaurs.

I dismiss this false narrative but do believe there is still a way to improve animal welfare and better raise the animals that help us coexist on this wonderful planet God has provided for us.

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Keeping Quality Up

Using peroxyacetic acid for increasing quality and decreasing loss

In the December 2018 issue of Potato Grower, Michael Larose, Technical Marketing Manager at BioSafe Systems, had an article published titled “Keep Quality Up.” He discusses how peroxyacetic acid (PAA) can increase the quality of products, decrease the loss and then goes into detail about common issues in potato storages.

BioSafe Systems’ PAA products are effective against a broad range of profit-robbing, storage pathogens but meet sustainability requirements. Michael states, “Peroxyacetic acid is still considered a newer technology in the agrochemical industry, but it’s a powerful chemistry that helps potato producers and shed managers address the critical practices.”

BioSafe provides products and applications expertise via application partners to help manage storage pathogens from post-harvest to pre-bagging. Our products are designed for today’s requirements of storage, providing the highest degree of sanitation and control over potato storage. This results in enhanced storage quality and increased pack-out, which in turn maximizes profits.

Read the full published article here

Food Safety: The BioSafe Way

 

Food scientists using the microscope for research at the university

By: Rob Larose, CEO & President of BioSafe Systems

“The best defense is a good offense“ goes the old adage. This strategy has been used in war, business, and in sporting competitions.

A modern social movement such as the “Green movement” started in the early 1800s and it celebrated the “natural world”. The forests were demolished when the Industrial Revolution began, and timber and coal were important for energy. Managing natural resources became important when humans realized they were destroying the irreplaceable wilderness. In the 20th century, nuclear fallouts and air pollution caused many industries to be alarmed.

It is time now to employ this same strategy in agricultural food safety and harvest practices today. With modern society movements from localized agriculture to modern day farming operations, we must assume that we’ll always be under potential risk by human pathogens which may infect our food chain.

A human pathogen can cause illness in humans and is comprised of microorganisms which exist in nature, including specific strains of bacteria like Salmonella, Listeria and E. coli, and viruses such as Cryptosporidium. These microorganisms can be introduced through a wide variety of methods such as insects, birds, and animal feces.

Recently, the produce industry was introduced to something that was unprecedented. Just before the 2018 Thanksgiving Holiday, the USDS/FDA stated that Federal health officials were warning about a new outbreak of E. coli linked to romaine lettuce and cautioned people to not eat any of the possibly infected produce. ALL Romaine lettuce was not to be eaten or sold regardless of its place of origin. This was not a recall but a flat-out statement not to eat romaine lettuce, regardless of where you thought it was grown.

This one event created a monumental effect, not only for people who grow and sell romaine lettuce, but also all leafy green vegetables and produce considered “ready-to-eat.”
A great deal of effort has been spent on creating systems that provide traceability to where produce is grown so that when there is an event triggering a recall, the damage can be limited to a specific geography. However, with the recent romaine shutdown by not only the USDA but also by the Canadian Federal government, it was a whole new ball game.

BioSafe Systems is in the business of providing effective and sustainable food safety and intervention solutions for the agriculture and produce industry. BioSafe develops these products that have proper labels for agriculture, have sound science backing their label claims and are easy to use with minimal restrictions.

We operate under the assumption that until mankind can develop technology able to identify human pathogens in real time like the scanner that Doctor McCoy used in Star Trek, then one must assume that ALL crops are potentially contaminated.

BioSafe’s products are based on the use of peroxyacetic acid technology that has been well studied and is an effective alternative to chlorinated products. These products have been approved for use for organically certified farming operations, FDA, and Kosher food processing applications. Applications include the following:

  • Agricultural irrigation treatment products
  • Agricultural pond treatment products
  • Pre-Harvest crop protection
  • Post-Harvest intervention products

BioSafe Systems also provides applications, dosing and monitoring systems that may be used along with our products to provide and maintain compliance with all FSMA and third-party Food Safety certifications. These include:

  • Smart Spray Bay Systems – These systems may be used in field harvesting and in post-harvest processing applications to apply, record, monitor, and provide reports on treatment interventions. These systems may be mounted on mechanical harvesters to bring highly engineered and effective food safety treatments into the field.
  • BioBuster Systems are designed for all multi-line packing and processing operations that require a high degree of chemical utilization, monitoring, and reporting. The proprietary cloud-based reporting system provides real-time reporting and compliance features.
  • OxyFusion: a proprietary technology that provides and produces peroxyacetic acid on-site and on-demand in varying pH ranges. This provides a unique solution for food processing applications with reduced corrosivity and low-odor.

There is no silver bullet approach to food safety, and it requires a full and ongoing effort that is always offensive and never defensive.

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BioSafe Systems Hires Director of Food Safety

East Hartford, CT – BioSafe Systems recently hired Kevin Watson, of Yuma, AZ, as Director of Food Safety for our agriculture market segment. With decades of experience in post-harvest/food safety, Kevin will be assisting growers and processors with sanitation issues and food safety plans from field to fork.

Kevin has 30 years’ experience in agriculture, is a certified ISO 9000 Lead Auditor, FMS, PSA certified and an active member of the LGMA technical sub-committee and the Yuma Safe Produce Council. Prior to BioSafe, Kevin worked as the Raw Product Food Safety Manager for Fresh Express for 13 years. In that role, he managed a nationwide food safety team, as well as food safety operations in Mexico. During his time at Fresh Express, Kevin organized and carried out food safety symposiums, as well as training events with industry influencers, FDA and food safety professionals.

Kevin also has experience working for the USDA, both at the state and federal level. In this position, Kevin managed the first food safety pilot project in Sinaloa, Mexico and helped develop the first USDA food safety audit metric. Kevin says, “In my previous roles, I have been able to meet shippers, producers, governors and the president of Mexico to address issues related to food safety. In my new venture with BioSafe Systems, I feel I will be able to help resolve sanitation issues and make a difference in all food production.”

Outside of his professional food safety experience, Kevin has worked in field agriculture. BioSafe Systems’ California Area Manager, Jay Sughroue Ph.D., is excited to have Kevin join the team due to his “unique experience with on-the-farm, packing house and processing experience. His skill sets fit in well with our field-to-fork structure at BioSafe. Kevin will be able to add valuable input regarding food safety to growers and processors in all stages of the production process.”