Atlantium Technologies, an Israeli-based
water technologies company, today announced that its Hydro Optic Disinfection(TM)
ultraviolet (UV) light water pasteurization and disinfection systems are now
commercially available for use for regulatory compliance in the U.S. dairy industry.
The announcement by Atlantium comes after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
finalized the 2009 Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PMO), and issued the IMS-a-47. The
new rules include criteria for the use of UV to provide disinfected and pasteurized
equivalent water in dairy processing. Atlantium's system is the only off-the-shelf
UV system validated for all the criteria required by the PMO.
Ensuring that both products and equipment are kept free of water-borne pathogens is
an ongoing challenge for dairy processors. Atlantium's environmentally-friendly
Hydro-Optic Disinfection systems deliver unprecedented protection against pathogens
present in water, a critical component of dairy processes. Energy-efficient and
chemical-free, Atlantium's system ensures high quality, safe water at a lower cost
than traditional thermal pasteurization, and now can be used to comply with the PMO
requirements for pasteurized water. In addition, Atlantium's fully automated
monitoring and control software and electronic recordkeeping meet PMO requirements
and automatically adjust to meet fluctuating water conditions, which reduces
down-time and labor costs.
"We are very pleased that the FDA has finalized the 2009 PMO, which sets meaningful
criteria for UV water pasteurization and disinfection in U.S. dairy processing,"
said Yoni Glickman, chief executive officer of Atlantium Technologies. "The 2009
PMO opens the way for U.S. dairy processors to replace heat pasteurization of water
with energy-efficient, chemical-free UV technology. Atlantium's Hydro-Optic system
is the industry's only off-the-shelf UV product that meets all the PMO
Every two years, the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments (NCIMS)
reviews the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PM0), which includes the procedures and
regulations governing the safe supply of Grade A milk and milk products to U.S.
consumers. The NCIMS voted in April 2009 on revisions to the PMO, which now allow
the use of UV to disinfect and pasteurize water in dairy processing, based on
rigorous measurement criteria. The FDA finalized the 2009 PMO, releasing the new
provisions to the public on October 14, 2009, paving the way for the use of UV for
water disinfection and pasteurization in the U.S. dairy industry.
"The effective date of the new provisions in the 2009 PMO is no later than one year
after the electronic publication of the 2009 PMO or the notification to the States
of the changes by memo (IMS-a) from FDA, depending on each individual state,"
explained Raymond Lynn Young, of Milk Regulatory Consultants, LLC , one of three FDA
Third-Party Certifiers. "However, this kind of provision, which can save dairies
money and energy, is often allowed to be used by State Program Managers soon after
"Atlantium's Hydro Optic Disinfection System has made a big impact on efficiency and
overall quality at our Uniontown plant," said Tim Griglack, director of all
operations, United Dairy, Inc. The United Uniontown, Penn. facility is one of the
first plants to adopt the system for pasteurized equivalent water.
"We've been using the Atlantium system to provide pasteurized equivalent water for
nearly 10 months and in that short time have realized savings in terms of filling
line operator ease and efficiencies. The best part is that it makes our lives
simpler, and the water is so much better after the reactor," Griglack added.
"Because our plant processes such a wide variety of products, we use a tremendous
amount of water to flush equipment between products. With Atlantium's Hydro Optic
Disinfection UV system, we no longer have to store water and then shut down if the
storage tank is empty," said Mark Duray, chief operating officer at Galliker's Dairy
in Johnstown, Penn., another of the sites using the system for complying with PMO
regulations. "With the Atlantium system, pasteurized-equivalent water is always
ready on demand. As a result, we are able to add more products to the line on any
given day, exponentially boosting our efficiency. And we are saving energy and
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