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CTI Technology Helps Food Companies Comply

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO | Chromatic Technologies Inc. (CTI) says its High Pressure Processing (HPP) technology is helping food companies throughout the US that are facing compliance deadlines regarding the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). HPP provides assistance in compliance with the upcoming guidelines, providing on-pack verification that the food products have been subjected to High Pressure Processing.

The FSMA is regulated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and was signed into law in 2011 by former President Barack Obama. The regulations are being phased in from 2017 through 2022 and apply to food meant for human or animal consumption that is manufactured, processed, packed, or held without sale, including imported food.

FSMA addresses a changing global food environment in the US, says CTI:

  • 15% of the US food supply is imported
  • There are more food types and varieties in the marketplace than ever before
  • New hazards in foods not previously seen are emerging
  • A growing population (currently about 30%) is especially “at risk” for foodborne illnesses

CTI’s HPP Verification Technology was introduced in 2017 as a tool for companies required by FSMA regulations to provide monitoring and verification of the safety of food. It reportedly provides an easy-to-use, affordable tool (fractions of a cent per package) to audit whether or not packages have been subjected to high-pressure processing or severe heat abuse during transportation or storage.

The HPP Indicator ink can be printed directly on the package, and color appears when the package has been subjected to 50,000 psi or greater. Traditional HPP machines deliver 87,000 psi for 3 min, so the HPP indicator identifies any packages that have bypassed the machine and serves as a high correlation to process completion.

The company’s ink technology for HPP also contains anti-counterfeiting features to ensure that someone hasn’t simply printed an ink overlay on their packaging claiming an HPP indicator. The new process provides an easy visual confirmation of successful HPP.

In addition to HPP verification, the HPP indicator also detects severe heat exposure above 90 deg F. The combination of HPP verification and a transportation sensor for heat add a new level of security for food safety, says CTI.

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