Jet Harvest Solutions, a Florida-based company focused on the development and use of agricultural products to control disease and decay, has been granted a thermo-fogging patent for sterilizing agricultural crops with peroxyacetic acid, or PAA.
A release provided to OnionBusiness.com by Jet Harvest Solutions says that Jet-Ag®, patent #US 9,050,384, field of invention states that the “the present method relates to a novel means of safely applying peracetic acid (peroxyacetic acid or PAA) to inert solid surfaces and non-inert surfaces such as those found on various agricultural products including citrus fruit, pome fruit, potatoes, onions and other vegetables to achieve an enhanced microbial effect.”
The upshot, according to the release, is a “low cost means of sanitizing agricultural products in situ in the storage facility while simultaneously sanitizing the storage facility itself.”
The release also says that it’s long been known that “peroxyacetic acid in various aqueous forms serves as a powerful antimicrobial oxidizing agent.” Moreover, “… peroxyacetic acid is widely used in sanitization applications including those involving agricultural storage facilities and processing equipment. The present application discloses a new method of using PAA in these agricultural settings.”
The patented process “allows peroxyacetic acid vapor to be safely applied allowing users to sanitize fruits, tubers, and vegetables in storage during the post harvest process while also sanitizing the storage facility itself.”
Quoted in the release is Lucie Grant, Director of Product Development for Jet Harvest Solutions.
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