UMass WET Center Publishes New PAA Research with Journal of the New England Water Environment Association

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East Hartford, CT— The Lake, Pond & Municipal division at BioSafe Systems has been working with the UMass Water and Energy Technology (WET) Center for the past year and a half to further the understanding of peroxyacetic acid (PAA) and its capabilities in wastewater treatment, especially the way it works in tandem with UV disinfection methods. Finally, we can share the research results.

The final stage of municipal wastewater treatment is “secondary effluent disinfection” and it follows cycles of physical, chemical, and biological processes. Our research determines how PAA performs at this stage as opposed to chlorine. The article details how varying PAA dosing rates, contact times, residuals, total coliforms (TC), and E. coli (EC) removal. BioSafe Systems’ OxyFusion® on-site generated PAA and BioSafe Systems’ Equilibrium PAA disinfectants proved effective for deactivating TC and EC in wastewater. Chlorine performs similarly but requires a higher dosing rate and longer contact time, but it also produces carcinogenic disinfection by-products that don’t occur with PAA.

UMass published the scientific paper in the Journal of New England Water Environment Association. It is the culmination of months of diligent, detailed work by Patrick Wittbold, Research Engineer, and Soon-Mi Kim, Ph.D. Candidate, and their team at UMass with support from BioSafe Systems’ Lead Chemical Engineer, Don Hobro, and our technical representatives for the Lake, Pond & Municipal division. The combined work of the UMass WET center and BioSafe Systems prove that progress is a team effort and the successful results of our research prove that PAA is not only effective in water disinfection and the on-site generation of non-acidic and odor-free PAA solutions are a game-changer.

 

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Brass City Harvest Food Hub Using BioSafe Systems’ Smart Technology for Good

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by Hannah Rouillard

In the middle of a dusty brownfield there is a big, new, red building that sticks out like a red tomato in the bread aisle, Brass City Harvest Food Hub. The new facility is purposefully planted in the south end of Waterbury to make its services and fresh groceries available to local members of the community enduring food insecurity. The global health crisis has made this food hub, and its new technology, especially important for this 2020 growing season.

Executive Director, Sue Pronovost, humbly began this venture with $2000 and thirteen plant beds and now runs the food hub with a small team of volunteers. Grant funding restored and developed this dilapidated lot into the first food hub in the state of Connecticut. Her new state-of-the-art facility has an office in the front and then opens into an industrial-sized kitchen with long, stainless steel prep tables, refrigerators, multiple sink bays, freezers, and a walk-in cooler. Sue is gearing up for a very busy season working with anxious farmers and especially stringent FDA regulations since the worldwide Coronavirus outbreak.

Strike one: Coronavirus hit the United States in early spring quickly drawing businesses to a full stop. Normal avenues the farming community count on for income shut down including, schools, restaurants, farmers’ markets, and floral nurseries. Without the demand of large industries, much of farmers overstocked product spoiled and was thrown out, or crops are plowed under while still in the dirt.

Strike two: Sue’s sanitation procedures begin at the first threshold. My first steps into the food hub were cool and squishy. I looked down to see a blue mat with the same character of a sponge soaked through with SaniDate 15.0; a product that sanitized my shoes on contact to prevent compromising the integrity of the Brass City Harvest Co-op.

Sue participates in all aspects of postharvest food safety for multiple contributing farmers. She doesn’t have time for inconsistent or weak cleaning practices. As a non-profit, she doesn’t have the funds either. She needs effective products with proven results. The Brass City Harvest Food Hub works with BioSafe Systems’ products throughout the facility to ensure proper sanitation of food they process, package, sell, and deliver to the Waterbury community. When processing loads of produce, handwashing is an uneconomical sanitizing technique that’s time-consuming, labor-intensive, and leaves the door open for human error.

In the spring of 2020, to comply with federal food safety regulations, Brass City Harvest Food Hub implemented BioSafe Systems’ new MDS+ Smart Technology to facilitate Sue’s big ideas. This technology was developed to utilize BioSafe Systems’ product line to streamline sanitizing and disinfecting, save time and labor, and ensure consistent sanitizer composition that is measurable and documented. The mobile, stand-alone system operates on a standard 115 VAC electrical outlet using potable grade water to accurately dilute concentrated sanitizer products to USDA-approved levels. The dilute solution is then injected into commercially available produce washing equipment for pre-rinse, wash, and final rinse cycles.

Through an easy-to-use touchscreen interface, the MDS+ Smart Technology can control and log process water flow, sanitizer concentration, pH, and other water quality parameters. Automatic data logging provides time-stamped documentation of sanitizer concentrations contacting the produce, then avails that information for desktop or mobile access.

When Sue’s large warehouse fills up and the food hub is humming, having mobile technology will be an appreciated convenience. While visiting, I saw a batch of tomatoes run through a brush-washer with SaniDate 15.0 and was impressed when in just a few minutes a whole rack of tomatoes emptied onto a receiving table ready for storage, packing, or consumption.

BioSafe Systems is proud of maintaining consistently involved relationships with our clients in the industry and especially Sue Pronovost and her Brass City Harvest Food Hub operation. Not only because of her commitment to sustainable principles in the agricultural sector but also because of her sincere, careful engagement with her community. Her one-woman community garden graduated into a small-scale operation with high hopes for even greater growth down the road, literally. Brass City Harvest has taken responsibility for the property all the way down the city block with expansion plans to include a marketplace, classrooms, and more storage as her community partnerships grow.

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BioSafe Systems adds to engineering team

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EAST HARTFORD, CT – BioSafe Systems is pleased to announce the hire of Don Hobro as the new Chemical/Project Application Engineer. Don currently lives in New Hartford, Connecticut and will be working out of headquarters to oversee the OxyFusion® process and its development, a unique point-of-use chemical generator for peroxyacetic acid.

Don’s experience makes him a great addition to the BioSafe Systems’ family. He was involved with the University of Connecticut’s Environmental Research Institute. He worked at Whyco Technologies, located in Thomaston, CT, Halox Technologies in Bridgeport, CT, along with Nalco Water as a Global Industrial Technical Consultant and Hydro Technologies in New Milford, CT as a Senior Chemist.

In his spare time, Don enjoys skiing, hiking, swimming, cooking and playing guitar.

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OxyFusion — A Disruptive Technology for Poultry Processing

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BY: ROB LAROSE, PRESIDENT & CEO OF BIOSAFE SYSTEMS

A disruptive technology sweeps away the systems or habits it replaces because it has attributes that are recognizably superior.

  • A disruptive technology supersedes an older process or product
  • It usually has superior attributes that are immediately obvious, at least to early adopters
  • Upstarts rather than established companies are the usual source of disruptive technologies

BioSafe Systems has introduced disruptive technology OxyFusion to the poultry processing industry, while at the same time disrupting one of its own products: standard equilibrium peroxyacetic acid (PAA).

We are often asked by many people why we did this, since BioSafe Systems is one of the largest manufacturers of peroxyacetic acid, with three production plants located across the United States.

The answer is very simple: it is a better solution for certain customer applications. Equilibrium peroxyacetic acid is the perfect product for almost every other application. It is manufactured by combining hydrogen peroxide, acetic acid and water, which goes through an equilibrium reaction to form the PAA acid compound. The amounts of each component will determine the percentage of PAA acid created.

However, there are some constants with equilibrium PAA. It is always going to have a low, acidic pH value and an excess amount of both hydrogen peroxide and acetic acid. Sometimes this can be a good thing and provide benefits but sometimes, it can cause negative results. Most applications metabolize the PAA, but sometimes the excess remains unused. In the case of modern-day commercial poultry processing, this excess amount of PAA can cause issues.

PAA used as an intervention for chicken parts such as wings, thighs and breasts requires a high level of product to be used. The remaining acetic acid in the equilibrium PAA formulation volatilizes and creates an odor and irritant to workers operating dip or spray bars. To counter, plant managers increase the concentrations of active PAA to excess of 600-800 ppm.

OxyFusion® presents a perfect solution to these issues. OxyFusion is a generator technology that combines 3-4 precursor chemicals that produce a different kind of peroxyacetic acid on-demand and on-site.

OxyFusion PAA does not go through an equilibrium reaction, so no excess amount of acetic acid or hydrogen peroxide is produced, only peroxyacetic acid. In fact, OxyFusion generates caustic PAA because no acetic acid is used in the formulation, resulting in no odor.

The proprietary OxyFusion process can also generate an acidic PAA, again with no odor. In these conditions, OxyFusion can generate in excess of 2,000 ppm PAA while utilizing on-site water supply and only requiring 120 volts of electricity. OxyFusion provides the modern processing plant a less corrosive solution for high PAA ppm requirements while reducing its carbon footprint on the environment.

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OxyFusion™ — A Disruptive Technology for Poultry Processing

By: Rob Larose, President & CEO of BioSafe Systems

A disruptive technology sweeps away the systems or habits it replaces because it has attributes that are recognizably superior.

  • A disruptive technology supersedes an older process or product
  • It usually has superior attributes that are immediately obvious, at least to early adopters
  • Upstarts rather than established companies are the usual source of disruptive technologies

BioSafe Systems has introduced disruptive technology OxyFusion to the poultry processing industry, while at the same time disrupting one of its own products: standard equilibrium peroxyacetic acid (PAA).

We are often asked by many people why we did this, since BioSafe Systems is one of the largest manufacturers of peroxyacetic acid, with three production plants located across the United States.

The answer is very simple: it is a better solution for certain customer applications. Equilibrium peroxyacetic acid is the perfect product for almost every other application. It is manufactured by combining hydrogen peroxide, acetic acid, and water, which goes through an equilibrium reaction to form the PAA acid compound. The amounts of each component will determine the percentage of PAA acid created.

However, there are some constants with equilibrium PAA. It is always going to have a low, acidic pH value and an excess amount of both hydrogen peroxide and acetic acid. Sometimes this can be a good thing and provide benefits but sometimes, it can cause negative results. Most applications metabolize the PAA, but sometimes the excess remains unused. In the case of modern-day commercial poultry processing, this excess amount of PAA can cause issues.

PAA used as an intervention for chicken parts such as wings, thighs, and breasts requires a high level of product to be used. The remaining acetic acid in the equilibrium PAA formulation volatilizes and creates an odor and irritant to workers operating dip or spray bars. To counter, plant managers increase the concentrations of active PAA to an excess of 600-800 ppm.

OxyFusion presents a perfect solution to these issues. OxyFusion is a generator technology that combines 3-4 precursor chemicals that produce a different kind of peroxyacetic acid on-demand and on-site.

OxyFusion PAA does not go through an equilibrium reaction, so no excess amount of acetic acid or hydrogen peroxide is produced, only peroxyacetic acid. In fact, OxyFusion generates caustic PAA because no acetic acid is used in the formulation, resulting in no odor.

The proprietary OxyFusion process can also generate an acidic PAA, again with no odor. In these conditions, OxyFusion can generate in excess of 2,000 ppm PAA while utilizing an on-site water supply and only requiring 120 volts of electricity. OxyFusion provides the modern processing plant a less corrosive solution for high PAA ppm requirements while reducing its carbon footprint on the environment.

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BioSafe Systems introduces new PAA production for poultry processing

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EAST HARTFORD, CT — BioSafe Systems is introducing a new type of peroxyacetic acid production to the poultry market.  Trademarked as OxyFusion™ this on-demand system can produce peroxyacetic acid with neutral, caustic, or acidic pH values to help provide innovative solutions for poultry interventions. Unlike traditional PAA use, this proprietary system eliminates off-gas odors and corrosivity concerns.

OxyFusion can produce PAA for multiple injections points simultaneously while complete cloud data recording monitors functions 24-7 and alerts users of changes to ppm or pH levels. The system’s data collection is easily accessible via a smartphone app, user computers, and directly through a screen installed in the structure.

OxyFusion™ technology is compliant with FDA FCN 1501 and 1554 for poultry carcasses, parts, organs and for all meat, poultry, and fish intervention applications up to 2,000 ppm of PAA. “This new technology is a perfect complement to our existing line of PAA product solutions,” states Rob Larose, CEO of BioSafe Systems.

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BioSafe Systems introduces technology for PAA dosing and monitoring in poultry processing

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EAST HARTFORD, CT — BioSafe Systems announces BioBuster™, an integrated control and monitoring system used to manage a variety of PAA applications within the processing plant. This system is designed to control pumps, equipment, and dosing with a variety of control meters, probes, and valves.

Communication with pump controllers automatically maintains desired levels of intervention chemistry, pH adjusters, and other required chemistries throughout the operation. For areas where high pH levels, high levels of fats, oils, and greases would typically damage standard probe technology, pair BioBuster with BioSafe Systems’ BioChamber™, a proprietary technology designed to provide highly accurate monitoring of chiller process waters.

The BioBuster provides real-time monitoring of all intervention points and cloud-based reporting capabilities allow customers to generate large amounts of operational data which increases efficacy, efficiency and savings.

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