Some of the commercial benefits of the STS 10/20TM E-Beam Food Treatment System are:
- Elimination of pests, pathogens and bacteria;
- Extended shelf-life of certain fresh food and other processed food products;
- Ability to harvest fruits closer to their full ripeness resulting in superior appearance, color, and flavor;
- Chemical and residue-free food products (as opposed to post production chemical gas treatments);
- Environmentally secure packaging resulting in expedited regulatory processing across country and state borders;
SCANTECH is helping food processors take control of their products safety with the STS-10/20 electron beam system. Electron beam irradiation is a proven technology for cold-pasteurization of all types of food including seafood, fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry, dairy, eggs and spices. Irradiation is gaining consumer acceptance and doesn't perceptibly affect the taste, appearance or texture of food. The ability of electron beam irradiation to significantly extend the shelf life of food products affords very important cost benefits to food producers, processors, retailers and consumers.
STS-10/20 is a 10 MeV integrated shield electron beam system that is available for installation directly in a food processing line, either at the beginning or end of the line. Food can be irradiated directly in the package to minimize cross-contamination during shipping and sale. By directly managing irradiation in-house, processors of all food types reduce production times, eliminate high shipping and contract irradiation expenses and maintain inventory control.
Additionally, STS-10/20 enhances the processors existing Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) program, thereby significantly reducing the potential for food recalls STS-10/20 uses high-energy electrons to deposit large amounts of energy into the irradiated food, disrupting the atomic structure and thus destroying all pathogens. The energy and time of exposure to the ionizing radiation, linked with the density of the foodstuff being irradiated, determine the energy dose as measured in kiloGrays. The process takes only minutes, is completely safe for the system operator and requires shielding only during electron beam irradiation.