Anolyte can be as much as 100 times more efficient than the bleach solutions traditionally used to mitigate pathogens in food processing, water disinfection, and fungicidal control. When produced at 6.5 pH, EcaFlo™ Anolyte is 99.95% water with the active ingredient of 0.046% hypochlorous acid. Published data supports the efficacy of hypochlorous acid as a strong oxidizing solution that quickly destroys microorganisms and pathogens on fruits, vegetables, and processing equipment without leaving a harmful residue.
The USDA Food Safety Inspection Services approved EcaFlo™ Anolyte for use in federally inspected commercial plants producing meat, poultry or egg products and the FDA approved its use in meatpacking and processing plants as an alternative to traditional chlorine solutions.
Anolyte solutions have been used successfully to treat for powdery mildew in green houses and for water disinfection in green house irrigation systems for several years. Not only are fungi like powdery mildew and other microorganisms that attack the plants root system controlled, but the irrigation lines are kept free of bacteria, slime and scale.
Anolyte solutions allow for reduced concentrations of fungicide used to control Oidium fungus on fruit trees. Anolyte solutions prepared at pH 7.0 for fungicidal treatment of fruit trees were compared with a systematic fungicide product, SIPCAM INAGRA R, DOMARK R (active ingredient Tetraconazole material 10% EC). Similar test results were obtained for both anolyte and DOMARK R. Anolyte solutions are easy to use and does not harm the environment.
Additional treatment tests using anolyte in combination with a contact, non systematic herbicide were completed resulting in an effective treatment of fruit trees. By replacing 10% of the GRAMOXONE R herbicide with anolyte, a similar effect was achieved as with the straight product. The results are encouraging because control is achieved using a less concentrated solution of the herbicide.
The control of bacteria and other pathogens in food processing is made easier through the use of ECA solutions to sanitize food preparation areas and equipment.
Anolyte solutions have multiple uses in controlling pathogens in beef, pork and poultry operations. Studies have shown dramatic results as a result of using ECA solutions in the drinking water and feeds of animals. Reduced mortality rates, healthier stock, faster weight gain and less costly medications are but a few examples of the benefits anolyte can provide.
Anolyte solutions ice can be made for packing fresh foods after harvest and extends the shelf life of meats, seafood and vegetables by greatly reducing bacterial degradation during the time in transit to processing plants or points of sale.
Research conducted by Coastal Carolina University, Conway SC, and funded by a USDA SBIR Grant, has confirmed that Anolyte solutions has efficacy against bacteria and fungi and has been proven as an antimicrobial agent against numerous food borne pathogens such as Staphylococcus aureus, Listeria monocytogenes, Enterococcus faecalis, Salmonella typhimurium and E. coli 0157:H7. The research also concluded that Anolyte solutions significantly reduces Botrytis cinerea and Monilinia fructicola on fruit crops, such as green table grapes, strawberries, and peaches.