Small food wholesalers, storage facility operators and restaurant kitchen managers now have the opportunity to use the same technology that giants in the industry have found useful for decades: ozone generators. Ozone is proven to prolong shelf life of food, inhibit mold growth and eradicate bacteria.
Ozone Eradicates Bacteria, Fungi and Viruses
Publishing for “Advances in Food and Nutrition Research” (posted on NCBI), researchers explained that ozone is useful when washing solid food items. Doing so eliminates parasites and bacteria. Examples cited include vegetables as well as fruits. While ozone treatments alone are no panacea, efficiency can be increased by combining the treatment with mechanical agitation that would extricate microorganisms from foods. When you protect your stored fruit from being hospitable to mold growth and parasitic influences, shelf life can be extended.
Prolong Shelf Life of Food by Making Chemistry Work for You
Ripening fruits produce ethylene, which actually speeds up the ripening process. When you put a ripe banana in a paper bag with unripe fruit, you will be surprised at the results after a day. The ethylene helps the other fruit to ripen, too. By understanding this simple chemical reaction, you also know that introducing ozone to the mix – albeit in a cold room environment – can lead to a reduction in ethylene, which therefore slows down the ripening of the fruit. In addition, the anti-microbial properties of ozone make it a strong ally in the long-term storage of root vegetables.
Contact us today to learn more about the ozone-generating machines that might be just what you need to cut down on food waste brought on by microbes and early ripening of your fruits and vegetables.