Industry News | October 21, 2008

Partnership Yields New Produce Washer

SteelKor, LLC signed a joint marketing agreement with HealthPro Brands, Inc. to introduce the newest system in the fight against food-borne illness outbreaks linked to produce.

“The X-Green System is a stainless steel produce wash station that is designed to become the new standard in produce cleaning for back-of-the-house foodservice operations. It is designed for operations ranging in size from quick-serves and full-service commercial kitchens to full-scale commissaries and grocery stores. Its flexible design allows for the addition of components like salad spinners, prep tables, and cutting boards to meet the needs of a specific operation,” says James Bigott, president of SteelKor.

“The food preparation stage is one of the last lines of defense a foodservice operator has to prevent contamination of raw fruits and vegetables. X-GreenTM, fueled by Fit, assists operators in minimizing the risk of contamination by microbes that cause food-borne illnesses,” says Bigott. Todd Wichmann, president and CEO of HealthPro adds, “Fit has peer-reviewed and scientifically published data that proves all-natural FIT kills 99.9 percent of harmful bacteria, like e. coli and salmonella, that have been associated with food-borne illness on cut, chopped, peeled, and other processed produce. Partnering with SteelKor will allow FIT to perform at a whole new level.” Bigott indicated that it is this reason SteelKor concluded FIT was right for optimizing the cleaning power of X-GreenTM. “You can see the difference,” says Wichmann.

X-Green also provides for employee compliance to established cleaning standards and detailed reporting to risk management personnel. X-Green has a built-in Intelligent Control Center that allows the system to be set up for different cleaning times for different types of produce. It automatically doses the proper concentration of Fit, and then continuously monitors the solution to ensure optimal performance.

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