Sanitation and fungicide resistance testing service available now

A new sanitation and fungicide resistance testing service is being provided by NSW Department of Primary Industries and Citrus Australia.

The service provides timely information to packers on the levels of sanitation and technical resistance to postharvest fungicides in their packinghouses.

John Golding, research horticulturalist with NSW DPI and leader of the Hort Innovation-funded postharvest science program, said the results of fungicide resistance surveys showed there are variable levels of sanitation and technical fungicide resistance within the different packinghouses around Australia.

“It is critical to measure and monitor both packinghouse sanitation and hygiene, and the levels of technical resistance to postharvest fungicides,” Mr Golding said.

“If unchecked, poor sanitation and resistance to post-harvest fungicides will reduce the efficacy of fungicides leading to decay.”

The service is run through the Citrus Australia website with technical support and reports by NSW Department of Primary Industries. This service is not supported or related to Hort Innovation.

Eliminate contamination with new cleaning head

 
Now available from Tecpro Australia, the Sanitor Tank Cleaner is designed to provide the highest possible standard of hygiene and sanitation.
 
Specifically designed to comply with the highest standards of sanitation and hygiene, the Sanitor is constructed completely from 100 per cent AISI 316 Stainless Steel. It features a streamlined external design to ensure no residue can build up and contaminate the wash. The Sanitor’s advanced design also eliminates the need for ball bearings. This greatly increases unit life while preventing the possibility of contamination associated with bearing degradation.
 

The Sanitor features a clever pressure regulation system, which ensures constant, slow rotation at pressures ranging from 2 to 20 Bar, with flow rates from 24 L/min. This low jet peripheral velocity is optimised to maintain high impingement and allow longer chemical dwell times for improved cleaning efficiency.
 
The Sanitor is ideal for burst rinsing or prolonged washing with the precision slots in the rotating barrel producing strong impact fan jets that scrub the vessel in a 360º wash pattern. The wide operating pressure band makes the unit suitable for a variety of small to medium-sized vessels, including food and beverage storage tanks, transport containers and chemical reactors.
 

Lightweight and extremely compact, the low wear design requires minimal maintenance.  It has a 3/8” BSP connection and requires a minimum manhole/flange opening of 32mm for unit insertion. At a pressure of 10 Bar, the Sanitor has a cleaning radius of 2.4m and wetting radius of 3.6m. It is suitable for working temperatures up to 95º C and ambient temperatures of up to 140º.
 
The highly flexible and durable Sanitor is the perfect tank cleaning solution for the food, beverage, pharmaceutical, chemical, coatings and transport industries, or wherever rigorous standards of hygiene and product purity are essential.

 

Food exec gets 28-year sentence for poisoning outbreak

According to the Washington Post, former peanut company owner Stewart Parnell has been sentenced to 28 years in prison for his role in a salmonella outbreak that killed nine people and sickened hundreds between 2008 and 2009 in the US.

The sentence said the Washington Post story, “marked the most severe punishment ever for a food-related crime.” 

Parnell’s now-bankrupt company, Peanut Corp. of America, found salmonella contamination six times in its peanuts between 2007 and 2008, according to investigators.

The investigators documented a long list of unsanitary conditions at the plant, including mould, cockroaches, dirty food processing equipment, rodent activity, along with the failure to separate raw and cooked products. 

They also unearthed e-mails that showed Parnell hastily approving shipments he knew might be contaminated, according to the Washington Post.

Company supervisor Michael Parnell and Stewart Parnell’s brother also received a prison sentence of 20 years. Another employee, a quality-control manager at the plant, who was convicted of obstruction of justice, received a 5-year sentence.

“We think the sentence itself is extremely high,” said Parnell’s attorney, who also added that, “He’s obviously disappointed, but we knew it was a likelihood something like this could happen.”

Parnell will appeal the verdict, said the Washington Post story.