• Israeli company is first to market with off-the-shelf UV technology that complies with FDA requirements in the U.S. dairy industry
HAR TUV, Israel, Oct. 15, 2009 -- Atlantium Technologies, an Israeli-based water technologies company, today announced that its Hydro Optic Disinfection™ ultraviolet (UV) light water pasteurization and disinfection systems are now commercially available for use for regulatory compliance in the U.S. dairy industry. The announcement by Atlantium comes after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration finalized the 2009 Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PMO), and issued the IMS-a-47. The new rules include criteria for the use of UV to provide disinfected and pasteurized equivalent water in dairy processing. Atlantium's system is the only off-the-shelf UV system validated for all the criteria required by the PMO.
Ensuring that both products and equipment are kept free of water-borne pathogens is an ongoing challenge for dairy processors. Atlantium's environmentally-friendly Hydro-Optic Disinfection systems deliver unprecedented protection against pathogens present in water, a critical component of dairy processes. Energy-efficient and chemical-free, Atlantium's system ensures high quality, safe water at a lower cost than traditional thermal pasteurization, and now can be used to comply with the PMO requirements for pasteurized water. In addition, Atlantium's fully automated monitoring and control software and electronic recordkeeping meet PMO requirements and automatically adjust to meet fluctuating water conditions, which reduces down-time and labor costs.
"We are very pleased that the FDA has finalized the 2009 PMO, which sets meaningful criteria for UV water pasteurization and disinfection in U.S. dairy processing," said Yoni Glickman, chief executive officer of Atlantium Technologies. "The 2009 PMO opens the way for U.S. dairy processors to replace heat pasteurization of water with energy-efficient, chemical-free UV technology. Atlantium's Hydro-Optic system is the industry's only off-the-shelf UV product that meets all the PMO requirements."
Every two years, the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments (NCIMS) reviews the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PM0), which includes the procedures and regulations governing the safe supply of Grade A milk and milk products to U.S. consumers. The NCIMS voted in April 2009 on revisions to the PMO, which now allow the use of UV to disinfect and pasteurize water in dairy processing, based on rigorous measurement criteria. The FDA finalized the 2009 PMO, releasing the new provisions to the public on October 14, 2009, paving the way for the use of UV for water disinfection and pasteurization in the U.S. dairy industry.
"The effective date of the new provisions in the 2009 PMO is no later than one year after the electronic publication of the 2009 PMO or the notification to the States of the changes by memo (IMS-a) from FDA, depending on each individual state," explained Raymond Lynn Young, of Milk Regulatory Consultants, LLC , one of three FDA Third-Party Certifiers. "However, this kind of provision, which can save dairies money and energy, is often allowed to be used by State Program Managers soon after publication."
"Atlantium's Hydro Optic Disinfection System has made a big impact on efficiency and overall quality at our Uniontown plant," said Tim Griglack, director of all operations, United Dairy Inc. The United Uniontown, Penn. facility is one of the first plants to adopt the system for pasteurized equivalent water.
"We've been using the Atlantium system to provide pasteurized equivalent water for nearly 10 months and in that short time have realized savings in terms of filling line operator ease and efficiencies. The best part is that it makes our lives simpler, and the water is so much better after the reactor," Griglack added.
"Because our plant processes such a wide variety of products, we use a tremendous amount of water to flush equipment between products. With Atlantium's Hydro Optic Disinfection UV system, we no longer have to store water and then shut down if the storage tank is empty," said Mark Duray, chief operating officer at Galliker's Dairy in Johnstown, Penn., another of the sites using the system for complying with PMO regulations. "With the Atlantium system, pasteurized-equivalent water is always ready on demand. As a result, we are able to add more products to the line on any given day, exponentially boosting our efficiency. And we are saving energy and money, too."
Founded in 2003, Atlantium Technologies provides water-dependent industries, such as dairy, food and beverage and aquaculture, as well as municipalities, with ultraviolet-based water pasteurization and disinfection technology to meet the growing need for superior, safe water. The company's Hydro-Optic Disinfection™ solutions deliver unprecedented microbial inactivation, taking cost-effective and environmentally-friendly water disinfection to levels never before achieved without chemicals.
Atlantium's Hydro-Optic Disinfection system is field proven and validated according to stringent U.S. EPA protocols and the FDA's recently updated dairy regulations. The company enjoys an international customer base, with installations in the United States, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia. For more information about Atlantium, go to www.atlantium.com.