TOMI’S SteraMist Binary Ionization Technology Shown Effective Against 3 Threats to Food Supply – GlobeNewswire (press release)
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., April 10, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — TOMI™ Environmental Solutions, Inc. (TOMI) (OTCQX:TOMZ), a global disinfection/decontamination and infection prevention company could hold the key when it comes to food and food chain safety. A recent article published in the International Journal of Food Microbiology has shown Cold plasma activated hydrogen peroxide aerosol -TOMI’s SteraMist product- rendered samples of Escherchia Coli 0157: H7, Salmonella Typhimurium, and Listeria innocua inactive, while also maintaining the quality of the produce tested.
“Food safety is imperative and a $55 billion industry in the U.S. alone, knowing our technology offers a chlorine free, innovative approach to help secure the world’s food chain supply is one of the most exciting vertical applications for SteraMist,” said Dr. Halden Shane CEO and Chairman of TOMI Environmental Solutions.
A study entitled Cold plasma-activated hydrogen peroxide aerosol inactivates Escherichia coli 0157: H7, Salmonella Typhimurium, and Listeria Inncocua and maintains quality of grape tomato, spinach and cantaloupe was written by head researcher Dr. Xuetong Fan who led a team of researchers from the Key Laboratory of Food Nutrition and Safety in Tianjin University, US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Eastern Regional Research Center, and the Center for Nanotechnology and Nanotoxicology, Harvard School of Public Health.
Food borne illnesses are becoming an ever-increasing threat to worldwide and US food chains. According to the CDC, each year an estimated 3,000 deaths, 128,000 hospitalizations and 1 in 6 Americans fall ill as the result of food borne illnesses. Beyond the 48 million Americans that get food borne illnesses a year. The recent recalls have seen occurrences of listeria, salmonella and E coli in frozen vegetables and prepared foods. Such recalls in a recent study by the Food Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Association cost companies hundreds of million of dollars a year. A 2015 study by Robert Scharff, an associate professor at Ohio State University, estimates that food safety issues costs including medical treatment, lost productivity, and illness-related mortality is at $55.5 billion.
About TOMI Environmental Solutions, Inc.
TOMI Environmental Solutions, Inc. (OTCQX:TOMZ) is a global decontamination and infection prevention company, providing eco-friendly environmental solutions for indoor surface disinfection through manufacturing, sales and licensing of its premier Binary Ionization Technology® (BIT™) platform, which was invented under a defense grant in association with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) of the U.S. Department of Defense. BIT™ uses a low percentage Hydrogen Peroxide as its only active ingredient to produce a hydroxyl radical (OH ion) and is represented by the TOMI™ SteraMist™ brand of products, which produce a germ-killing aerosol that behaves like a gas.
TOMI’s products are designed to service a broad spectrum of commercial structures including hospitals and medical facilities, cruise ships, office buildings, hotel and motel rooms, schools, restaurants, for non-food safety in meat and produce processing facilities, military barracks, and athletic facilities. TOMI’s products and services have also been used in single-family homes and multi-unit residences.
TOMI also develops training programs and application protocols for its clients and is a member in good standing of The American Biological Safety Association, The American Association of Tissue Banks, Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America and The Restoration Industry Association. For additional information, visit www.tomimist.com or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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