Acidic water the answer to foodborne pathogens?

California-based Chanson Water USA offers technology that can help disinfect and deactivate the foodborne pathogens responsible for illnesses, recent food recalls

LAGUNA HILLS, CA January 26, 2011 – On the heels of recent outbreaks of Escherichia coli (O157:H7) and Salmonella Typhimurium (ST) reported by the Federal Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the growing concern of Americans regarding the rising number of cases involving the spread of foodborne pathogens, Chanson Water USA has cited several studies which reveal that electrolyzed oxidizing water can effectively inactivate types of foodborne pathogens and contaminants.

Chanson Water USA, headquartered in Laguna Hills, California, distributes products and components that result in water that is electrolyzed, alkaline, antioxidant-rich and ionized with a by product of water that is acidic. Studies indicate that the use of Chanson’s ionizers, approved for use on food products, results in strongly acidic water with a low pH that can disinfect on contact and kill the types of germs responsible for the recent recalls of nearly 35,000 pounds of organic ground beef products and nearly 7,000 cases of cilantro and parsley. Chanson’s acidic water has been third party independently lab tested to kill e-coli and staph on contact and is FDA approved for use on food products.

According to Time Magazine (“Putting a Price Tag on Food Unsafety,” March 2010) the CDC estimates that, in the US, illnesses from contaminated food and foodborne pathogens results in 5,000 deaths and 325,000 hospitalizations every year and the consequential costs of such illnesses – including trips to the doctor, lost wages, medicine and pain and suffering – amount to some $152 billion every year. Additionally, food corporations pay heavily from within for costly industry recalls when foodborne pathogens are detected and products called back.

“The fact that there are foodborne pathogens that get into our food chain is one thing, there isn’t much we can do, as consumers, to control that, other than keep a close eye on what’s being recalled,” said Chanson Water USA President Nedalee Ruiz. “What we can do, though, is to make sure we have within our industrial food facilities, businesses and in our homes the education and means to better deal with the problem, which is major. Industry-wide, food companies and consumers need to look at the proven effects of our acidic water when it comes to deactivating pathogens. And as consumers, although we might not be able to stop e. coli or salmonella from getting into the food chain or into our local market, we can certainly use acidic water to control whether or not it reaches our dining room table. Chanson’s acidic water has been third party independently lab tested to kill e-coli and staph on contact and is FDA approved for use on food products. All a consumer has to do is spray it on their meat, vegetables, fruits or eggs to protect their family.”

A study by the University of Connecticut (“Inactivation of Escherichia coli (O157:H7) and Listeria monocytogenes on plastic kitchen cutting boards by electrolyzed oxidizing water”) determined that immersion in ionized water can effectively inactivate foodborne pathogens on smooth plastic cutting boards. A similar study by the Penn State University Department of Food Science (“Comparison of electrolyzed oxidizing water with various antimicrobial interventions to reduce Salmonella species on poultry”) determined that electrolyzed oxidizing water can reduce Salmonella Typhimurium (ST) on poultry surfaces, even following extended refrigerator storage.

A study published in the Journal of Food Protection – in which the effectiveness of electrolyzed acidic water was tested against 200-ppm chlorine water and sterile distilled water in killing e. coli and other pathogens cultivated on the surfaces of spot-inoculated tomatoes – further indicated that electrolyzed acidic water is “useful in controlling pathogenic microorganisms on fresh produce.”

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