- The cost of foodborne illnesses in the U.S. is estimated at more than $15.6 billion, with one in six Americans falling ill and roughly 3,000 dying from contaminated food and beverages annually
- High pressure processing plays an important role in food safety and is currently a $20 billion market; it is projected to reach $42 billion by 2026
- Independent research shows that PBIO’s Pressure Cycling Technology equipment can be used to dramatically reduce or eliminate common and well-known foodborne disease-causing bacteria
- The company’s new Ultra Shear Technology platform is being developed to make long-shelf-life milk and other dairy products
- Its Ultra Shear Technology has also been shown to make CBD oil “naturally” water soluble
Pressure BioSciences Inc. (OTCQB: PBIO), a leader in the development and sale of high pressure-based instruments, consumables and related services for the global life sciences and other industries worldwide, marked the first-ever World Food Safety Day by sharing several positive independent reports showing that its unique and patented pressure cycling technology (“PCT”) equipment is a formidable adversary when it comes to eliminating foodborne pathogens.
World Food Safety Day, an event adopted by the United Nations General Assembly and supported by international public health organizations including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, took place on June 7, 2019 (http://nnw.fm/zsj5A). Several research presentations featuring PBIO’s HUB440 and HUB880 Explorer systems were delivered at the Institute of Food Technologists conference, an annual food science event held June 2-5, 2019, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Presentations centered on the use of PBIO’s unique, ultra-high pressure, PCT-based HUB equipment and the promising effect it has in high pressure processing food applications to inactivate foodborne pathogens.
Dr. Aliyar Fouladkhah, assistant professor and director of the Public Health Microbiology Laboratory at Tennessee State University, showed in a well-attended presentation that PBIO’s ultra-high pressure equipment can be used to dramatically reduce common and well-known foodborne disease-causing bacteria such as E.coli 0157 and Listeria monocytogenes, which are found in the presence of foods such as apple cider and chopped meat.
“Members of my public health microbiology research group and I were able to conduct and present results from our cutting-edge, innovative research projects to the most respected international food science conference thanks to the consistency, accuracy, and precision of PBIO’s HUB high pressure units and the collaborative endeavors with PBIO engineers and research scientists,” Fouladkhah stated in a news release (http://nnw.fm/m3ClM).
FDA Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response Frank Yiannas said during his World Food Safety Day comments that, “Foodborne pathogens do not recognize boundaries or borders,” adding that approximately 125,000 children under the age of five die each year around the world because of foodborne illnesses (http://nnw.fm/21UbY). The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that the cost of foodborne illnesses in the U.S. is more than $15.6 billion annually (http://nnw.fm/77Y2o).
“The need for safer food is a worldwide concern,” Richard T. Schumacher, president and CEO of PBIO, stated. “We believe that presentations such as Dr. Fouladkhah’s at this year’s IFT Conference will help generate awareness of our new, powerful yet affordable bench-top HUB family of products in the food industry, government, military, and academic laboratory environment, and that this added exposure will result in an increased demand for our HUB equipment in this large and growing market.”
The company’s high-pressure instruments for research purposes are marketed throughout the United States, Europe, China and Japan. To date, Pressure BioSciences has installed nearly 300 PCT (pressure cycling technology) systems in over 200 leading academic, government, biotech and pharma laboratories around the world. Its primary applications are in biomarker discovery, forensics, agriculture and pathology.
In addition to the 17 or so patents that PBIO holds on its PCT platform, it also holds two patents in China for a second pressure-based technology – its novel Ultra Shear Technology (UST) platform. Patents have also been filed in the U.S. and many other countries worldwide. UST is a novel process that has potential in a wide range of industrial applications, including extending the shelf life of some food products and making two or more insoluble liquids (like oil and water) soluble. UST is based on the use of intense shear forces generated from ultra-high-pressure valve discharge.
Over the past few months, PBIO has released two short videos (http://nnw.fm/2qOQV and http://nnw.fm/opQ3D) showing how its patented UST platform was able to process CBD plant oil into a water-soluble nanoemulsion. When the UST-processed CBD oil was added to different liquids – such as a soft drink, a sports drink and a beer – the nanoemulsified CBD oil completely dissolved in each liquid.
UST holds great promise for many applications, such as making long-shelf-life stable milk and other dairy products, safer and better tasting beverages, and significantly more soluble and bioavailable CBD for use in foods, beverages, ointments and gels.
For more information, visit the company’s website at www.PressureBioSciences.com
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