According to estimates of the global incidence of foodborne diseases, over 23 million people in Europe fall ill each year as a result of eating contaminated food. For some 5,000 people, consumption will even result in death.
Quite often it does not take new, extraordinary things to prevent this, but well-tried and simple solutions. This should now be brought into people's consciousness. The latest product from S.Mile from Waltrop is a cleaning solution that is doing well from the large O&G producer, processor and refiner to the restaurateur and consumer: "You don't need chemicals to clean fruit, vegetables, herbs, sprouts, mushrooms, seeds, nuts, berries and much more safely and hygienically - we work with pure fruit acids".
Sanaq is the name of the product and it has been available for b2b customers in the online shop since last Wednesday. Last week it was also launched for bulk consumers. "We also want to be listed in drugstores in order to reach more private consumers," explains Christian Peucker, the managing director of S.Mile. Sanaq is available in units of 1, 5 and 1200 l, which also reflects the versatility of the application.
"There are different ways to clean fruit and vegetables, in part depending on the amount of cargo handled. There are special washing lines for large quantities of fresh food, but these are less suitable for sensitive fruit, such as berries. Sometimes H2O2, light irradiation or chlorine compounds are used, but these are definitely less beneficial to health than fruit acid," says Peucker.
Sanaq lowers the water pH to 1.5-4.0. Most micro-organisms cannot survive at very high or low pH values. This leads to a denaturation of the protein chains of most bacteria, viruses, yeasts and moulds.
These can get onto fruit and vegetables e.g. through contaminated water already on the field or through handling with the staff. In 2012, more than 11,000 people in Germany fell ill from strawberries contaminated with the Norovirus (hNV).
"Sanaq also has a positive effect on shelf life. The germs on the product are denatured and the vegetables and fruit remain crunchy. Actually, it's an ancient recipe, but now it's getting particularly interesting again." During the corona crisis there has been a significant increase in private consumption of H2O2, as consumers use it to clean their food after shopping. "We offer the natural, food additive approved alternative. This is precisely why we want to address not only producers and processors, but also restaurateurs and consumers. Sanaq is also suitable for pre-cut fruit and vegetable salads."