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Bioni, a food processors dream come true?

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Let’s face the facts! The food & beverage processing industry deals with threats of bacteria contamination and mold every day.  Most of these facilities are taking every measure possible to prevent the costly contamination.  The problem is these facilities are perfect environments for microbes to survive and thrive due to high moisture and all the nutrients that bacteria and mold needs to grow.

There has never been a true solution that works for walls, ceilings, and doors other than costly cycles of cleaning and constant refurbishing of the substrates.

To put it simple, Bioni can drastically help eliminate and prevent these problems and help save money.

How does Bioni save money?

From the start Bioni’s goal was to specifically design a coating for the exact environments in the food and beverage processing industry and help solve an industry pain.

As a coatings industry first, Bioni Systems offer a permanent protection on the coating film against deadly bacteria (e.g. Listeria, E. Coli, MRSA) as well as harmful mold and mildew for the entire life of the coating.*  Due to Bioni’s superior durability and the ability to apply the system over existing mold and rustyes you can apply Bioni System over mold and rust“, having Zero VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) and no odor, Bioni System reduces downtime through less preparation, shorter application time, and the ability to apply in occupied areas. Bioni also helps significantly reduces costly cleaning cycles, is permanently moisture regulating and provides an opportunity to reduce insurance costs as well as helps prevent expensive fines levied by government agencies.  Bioni has the highest Class A non-flammability (ASTM E84), 0 flame spread, 5 smoke development and improves factory appearance while sustaining look and performance without having to rebuild or coverup (rebuilding/renovation does not prevent the problem from happening again).  All of this helps one very important thing as well, production time.

Bioni coatings have a US patent (US #7736423).

More info – System Food

or Call toll free – (888) 717-4517

*Bioni System Food provides anti-microbial properties to prevent the growth of microbes on the paint film only. The anti-microbial properties do not protect food, beverages, users or others against bacteria, germs or mold spores and do not substitute hygiene measurements and practices.

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Food Processing Problems and Solution

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WHY BIONI?

Bioni can offer a long-term solution to the problems you see in the video below.  These are typical problems in the Food & Beverage Industry.  Companies now have a solution with Bioni.

Solution

Bioni System Food can eliminate the problems seen in the video and save Food & Beverage processing companies hundreds of thousands of dollars and numerous headaches.  Mold, bacteria, and other microbial threats cannot inhibit the coating film FOR THE LIFE OF THE COATING.  Bioni is extremely durable, which allows for pressure washing and the use of typical cleaners used in F&B processing without the need to worry about Bioni losing it’s functions.

Bioni also has the highest Class A (Per ASTM E84) Non-Flammability (0 flame spread, 5 smoke development)

With a constant eye on the environment, all Systems and Products do not just meet the minimum requirement of “Green” we’re Zero VOC (Volitile Organic Compounds).

The below picture is 6 months after the application of System Food on the ceiling and walls.  The previous application of another coating, which is commonly used in F & B processing experienced problems after just 4 months!  These problems (Peeling, Flaking, Mold & Bacteria) start because these coatings are not designed to withstand the typical environment within F & B processing facilities.  This has always been the problem and the reason why Bioni felt the need to design something far different and innovative.  With the advanced manufacturing process of Nanotechnology and the help of one of the largest (more than 10,000 scientists) and most prestigious scientific institutes in the world The Fruanhofer Institute, Bioni has accomplish the goal in manufacturing the most advanced coating on the planet with benefits and functions never before possible.  Bioni is patented internationally (Patent # US 7736423)

You can’t change the processing environment but you can change the surface with Bioni.

As mentioned in a our previous post (here), Bioni was just tested against Listeria, E. Coli, & Pseudomonas aeruginosa, these top the list of some of the most serious bacteria’s F & B facilities face.

After just 4 days no sign of the bacteria was found inhibiting the coating film.  Bioni also has a log-5 (99.999%) reduction of MRSA (Staphylococcus aureus) & VRE (Enterococcus faecalis) on the coating film*.

Call us toll free at (888)717-4517 or email info@Bioni-USA.com

*Bioni System Food provides anti-microbial properties to prevent the growth of microbes on the coating film only.  The anti-microbial properties do not protect food, beverages, users or others against bacteria, germs or mold spores and do not substitute hygiene measurements and practices.

Efficacy of Bioni against E. Coli, Listeria…

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Breaking NEWS!

DEADLY BACTERIA

A recent test was conducted regarding the efficacy of Bioni against the listed bacteria:

Escherichia coli (E. Coli)
Listeria monocytogenes
Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa)

The test report shows none of the bacteria listed above were detectable after 4 days.*

Bioni already has a proven 5-log (99.999%) reduction of MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and VRE (Enterococcus faecium)*

Bioni never loses it’s effect.  Bioni works for the life of the coating.

For more information please email –  info@Bioni-USA.com or call 941-926-5881

*Bioni provides anti-microbial properties to prevent the growth of microbes on the paint film only. The anti-microbial properties do not protect food, beverages, users or others against bacteria, germs or mold spores and do not substitute hygiene measurements and practices.

Luxury Resort Kitchen 1 year after Bioni

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A 1 year comparison of Bioni System.

A picture is worth a thousand words. This picture shows a high moisture area above a dish washing station located in a luxury resort. For testing reasons, only part of the area was coated with Bioni System. After trying numerous paints, sealers, primers and other alternatives including plastic food panels, Bioni was the only one which provided a solution to the problem.

There is no sign of moisture damage or mold where Bioni was applied.

More info – System Food

Luxury Resort Kitchen Area

(click image to enlarge)


Fraunhofer Press Release Bioni

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Press Release

Nanotechnology –
The Key Technology of the 21st Century

A major breakthrough prevents mold, mildew and fungus forming inside buildings

A new type of coating puts an end to micro-organisms permanently and non-toxically; deploys nanotechnology – provides the solution to mold and problems with hygiene

In the course of a research project, the German paint and coatings manufacturer Bioni CS GmbH, together with research scientists of the renowned Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology succeeded in developing a new type of coating. This coating, non-toxic and based upon nanotechnology, not only permanently prevents the formation of mold on walls, but also very effectively reduces common hospital germs which are resistant to antibiotics. Conventional biocides, fungicides and preservatives are a thing of the past. The newly developed nano-formula coating, consisting of particles one thousand times smaller than most mold spores and bacteria, contaminates neither the air in the home nor the environment.*

The Innovative Coating in Detail

Both Annoying and Dangerous – mold and mildew in the home
Micro-organisms such as fungi, bacteria and algae are all around us and are an important, natural part of our environment. However, when they appear as mold on a wall, they quickly develop into an annoyance and a problem. For a number of reasons the problems associated with mold on interior walls have commanded greater attention all over the world over the last few years. On the one hand, the number of instances of damage caused by mold within buildings has risen as a consequence of modern methods of construction and the necessity to save energy. On the other hand, doctors and the medical community have been logging an increasing number of cases of respiratory complaints as well as allergies, due to the exposure to mold and mildew.

Conventional “anti-mold, anti-mildew paints” are effective only over a limited period of time and can endanger both the health of the dwelling’s occupants and the environment

The basic pre-condition necessary for the formation of mold and mildew in living areas is dampness. Increased humidity in the home can have a variety of causes. In addition to “operator error” such as poor ventilation practices, or elevated levels of moisture being produced by the occupants, quite often physical aspects of the construction, such as thermal bridges, are responsible for the growth of mold. These are usually confined to certain areas of the shell of the building (e.g. corners) where, due to the geometry or the difference in thermal conductivity, a larger thermal flow occurs compared to the immediately surrounding components of the building. This results in differences in surface temperatures, especially where air conditioners are heavily used; in addition there is also the danger of falling below the dew point, leading to condensation and the formation of mold and mildew. Often “anti-mold, anti-mildew paints” are applied, in an attempt to remedy mold and mildew damage. These can help in the short-term but are not a satisfactory long-term solution to the problem. The biocides and fungicides contained in these paints are effective for a very limited period only and the danger they pose to both the health of the occupants and the environment is undisputed today.

Nanotechnology Has Provided a Revolutionary Solution

The goal of the research project undertaken by the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology and Bioni was to develop a formula for a coating or paint to prevent the formation of mold not only temporarily, but lastingly, over a period of many years. Simultaneously, the new coatings were to release absolutely no contaminants into the air in the home, in order to protect both the health of the people and the environment. To achieve these goals, the latest discoveries in the field of nanotechnology were brought to bear. Non-toxic nano-particles with an average diameter of approximately 10 nanometres (equivalent to one hundred thousandth of a millimetre) constitute the most important component of the newly developed, antibacterial coating called Bioni Nature. These key particles are thus approximately 1,000 times smaller than most of the fungi spores and germs which are targeted. The results of the microbiological investigation have shown that when fungi spores come into contact with Bioni Nature and its integrated nano-particles, they are destroyed in a very short time.

A Quantum Leap in the field of Paints and Coatings
– the environmentally-friendly fight against mold and mildew

Since the nano formula developed by the scientists consists of solid bodies which are chemically extremely stable, the anti-microbiological efficacy of the coating is permanent. The usual rapid decline in the efficacy of the protection provided due to the gassing of the active agent, as happens when volatile biocides are used in conventional paints does not take place. By virtue of these properties and our refusal to consider conventional biocides, solvents, plasticizers and preservatives, the quality of the air in the home is assured by the use of Bioni coatings. The “TÜV Produkt und Umwelt” (a famous German test and evaluation institute) based in Cologne, has confirmed these findings and awarded Bioni interior paints and coatings the much-coveted “TÜV Rheinland Signet” for emission-free paints and coatings.

Hospital Germs are also in the Firing Line
Not only mold and mildew have been in the news lately. Reports from all over the world describe dangerous hospital germs, resistant to antibiotics. According to the estimates available, in Germany alone around 500,000 people are infected every year. The new Bioni coatings are extremely effective against even these germs, otherwise resistant, according to studies conducted by the “Institute for Hospital Hygiene and Infection Control (IKI)” in Giessen, Germany. When brought into direct contact with the Bioni coating, a 5-log reduction (99.999%) was proven in the dangerous hospital micro-organisms Staphylococcus aureus and Enterocuccus Faecium. Bioni Hygienic, especially developed for use in medical facilities, is thus able to improve hygienic conditions in hospitals and clinics not just permanently, but also healthfully.

There are Many, Many Applications…
Bioni coatings incorporating nanotechnology are suitable for a great variety of applications. Not just simply rooms subject to dampness and mold and mildew, but also areas accommodating particularly sensitive occupants, such as children, people with allergies, or elderly people. Children bedrooms, schools, bathrooms, showers and toilets, hospitals, retirement homes for the elderly – all these benefit from an elevation in the level of hygiene as do living rooms and bedrooms afflicted by mold and mildew, offices, warehouses, manufacturing facilities, hotels and indoor swimming pools.

The Fraunhofer ICT has recognised that the nano formula used in the Bioni coatings endows an antibacterial effect to not only Bioni’s facade paints and coatings; they are now planning to extend the technology to other branches of industry. Numerous enquires from all over the world are waiting to be dealt with. Just some of the future areas of application include the coating of dental implants, synthetic bones, catheters, cardiac valves, packaging for the foodstuffs industry and toys.*

Courtesy of Bioni CS GmbH and Fraunhofer Institut

Press Contact

Germany
Bioni CS GmbH
D-46149 Oberhausen
http://www.bioni.de
+49 (0) 208 621 75 53
info@bioni.de

Fraunhofer ICT
D-76327 Pfinztal-Berghausen
http://www.ict.fhg.de
Dipl. Chem. Helmut Schmid

*Bioni coatings provides anti-microbial properties to prevent the growth of microbes on the paint film only. The anti-microbial properties do not protect food, beverages, users or others against bacteria, germs or mold spores and do not substitute hygiene measurements and practices.

Obama to sign bill to improve nation’s food safety

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Obama to sign bill to improve nation’s food safety

WASHINGTON (AP) — When salmonella-laced peanut products sickened hundreds during a recent scare, President Barack Obama said consumers should be able to have confidence that their government will keep peanut butter-eating children safe — and that included his daughter Sasha.

“That’s what Sasha eats for lunch probably three times a week,” Obama said then. “And you know, I don’t want to have to worry about whether she’s going to get sick as a consequence to having her lunch.”

On Tuesday, Obama is getting a chance to allay people’s fears about the safety of their food. He is set to sign a $1.4 billion overhaul of the food safety system, giving Washington new power to increase inspections at food processing facilities and force companies to recall tainted products.

Congress passed the bill at the end of last year to respond to several serious outbreaks of E. coli and salmonella poisoning in peanuts, eggs and produce in the past few years. The law will be the first major overhaul of the U.S. food safety system since the 1930s.

“It will bring our food safety system into the 21st century, improving health, saving lives and helping Americans feel confident that when they sit down at their dinner table they won’t end up in the hospital,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told reporters Monday during a conference call.

The measure gives the Food and Drug Administration substantial new authority, but the money to carry out the legislation is not guaranteed. Some conservative lawmakers have expressed concern about the five-year cost at a time when cutting federal spending is the Washington mantra in a tight budget environment. Supporters say they intend to push Congress for the full funding.

Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., who hopes to become chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, said that “our food supply is 99.999 percent safe.” Kingston cited recent federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 48 million people — or one in six Americans — are sickened each year by foodborne illnesses. Of that, 180,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die annually.

Kingston said that, in a country of more than 308 million people, the figures show the FDA is already doing a “very decent job on food safety already.” He questioned giving the agency more money.

“I think we’ll look very carefully at the funding before we support $1.4 billion,” he told The Associated Press in an interview Monday, speaking of Republicans who will control the House when Congress comes back into session Wednesday.

Erik Olson, director of food and consumer safety programs at the Pew Health Group, argued that the health care costs associated with an outbreak of foodborne illness alone run into the tens of billions of dollars — far beyond the cost of putting the new law into place.

“This will save a great deal of money, both for consumers and for the industry,” Olson told reporters on the conference call arranged by the administration.

The new law will require larger farms and food manufacturers to prepare detailed food safety plans and tell the FDA how they are striving to keep their food safe at different stages of production.

It also emphasizes prevention to help stop outbreaks before they happen. The recent salmonella and E. coli outbreaks exposed the FDA’s lack of resources and authority as it struggled to trace and contain the contaminated products.

The agency rarely inspects most food facilities and farms, visiting some about once a decade and others not at all.

Soon after taking office in 2009, Obama promised to make food safety overhaul a priority. At the time, a widespread outbreak of salmonella in peanuts dominated headlines. At least nine people died as a result and hundreds more were sickened.

The bill had broad bipartisan backing in Congress, but it was criticized by advocates of buying locally sourced food and small-farm operators who said the new requirements could force some of them into bankruptcy. Senators eventually agreed to exempt some of those operations from the costly food safety plans required of bigger companies, but that move upset food safety advocates and larger growers.

Those exemptions are in the legislation Obama is signing.

Many major food companies also support the bill, recognizing that safe food is good for business.

The new law would:

—Allow the FDA to order a recall of tainted food. Currently it can only negotiate with businesses for voluntary recalls.

—Require the agency to develop new safety regulations for producers of the highest-risk fruits and vegetables.

—Increase inspections of domestic and foreign food facilities; the riskiest domestic facilities would be inspected every three years.

—Require farms and processors to keep records to help the government trace recalled foods.

The new law would not extend to meat, poultry or processed eggs. Those foods are regulated by the Agriculture Department and are subjected to more rigorous inspections and oversight than foods regulated by the FDA.

Obama to sign bill to improve nation's food safety

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Obama to sign bill to improve nation’s food safety

WASHINGTON (AP) — When salmonella-laced peanut products sickened hundreds during a recent scare, President Barack Obama said consumers should be able to have confidence that their government will keep peanut butter-eating children safe — and that included his daughter Sasha.

“That’s what Sasha eats for lunch probably three times a week,” Obama said then. “And you know, I don’t want to have to worry about whether she’s going to get sick as a consequence to having her lunch.”

On Tuesday, Obama is getting a chance to allay people’s fears about the safety of their food. He is set to sign a $1.4 billion overhaul of the food safety system, giving Washington new power to increase inspections at food processing facilities and force companies to recall tainted products.

Congress passed the bill at the end of last year to respond to several serious outbreaks of E. coli and salmonella poisoning in peanuts, eggs and produce in the past few years. The law will be the first major overhaul of the U.S. food safety system since the 1930s.

“It will bring our food safety system into the 21st century, improving health, saving lives and helping Americans feel confident that when they sit down at their dinner table they won’t end up in the hospital,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told reporters Monday during a conference call.

The measure gives the Food and Drug Administration substantial new authority, but the money to carry out the legislation is not guaranteed. Some conservative lawmakers have expressed concern about the five-year cost at a time when cutting federal spending is the Washington mantra in a tight budget environment. Supporters say they intend to push Congress for the full funding.

Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., who hopes to become chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, said that “our food supply is 99.999 percent safe.” Kingston cited recent federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 48 million people — or one in six Americans — are sickened each year by foodborne illnesses. Of that, 180,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die annually.

Kingston said that, in a country of more than 308 million people, the figures show the FDA is already doing a “very decent job on food safety already.” He questioned giving the agency more money.

“I think we’ll look very carefully at the funding before we support $1.4 billion,” he told The Associated Press in an interview Monday, speaking of Republicans who will control the House when Congress comes back into session Wednesday.

Erik Olson, director of food and consumer safety programs at the Pew Health Group, argued that the health care costs associated with an outbreak of foodborne illness alone run into the tens of billions of dollars — far beyond the cost of putting the new law into place.

“This will save a great deal of money, both for consumers and for the industry,” Olson told reporters on the conference call arranged by the administration.

The new law will require larger farms and food manufacturers to prepare detailed food safety plans and tell the FDA how they are striving to keep their food safe at different stages of production.

It also emphasizes prevention to help stop outbreaks before they happen. The recent salmonella and E. coli outbreaks exposed the FDA’s lack of resources and authority as it struggled to trace and contain the contaminated products.

The agency rarely inspects most food facilities and farms, visiting some about once a decade and others not at all.

Soon after taking office in 2009, Obama promised to make food safety overhaul a priority. At the time, a widespread outbreak of salmonella in peanuts dominated headlines. At least nine people died as a result and hundreds more were sickened.

The bill had broad bipartisan backing in Congress, but it was criticized by advocates of buying locally sourced food and small-farm operators who said the new requirements could force some of them into bankruptcy. Senators eventually agreed to exempt some of those operations from the costly food safety plans required of bigger companies, but that move upset food safety advocates and larger growers.

Those exemptions are in the legislation Obama is signing.

Many major food companies also support the bill, recognizing that safe food is good for business.

The new law would:

—Allow the FDA to order a recall of tainted food. Currently it can only negotiate with businesses for voluntary recalls.

—Require the agency to develop new safety regulations for producers of the highest-risk fruits and vegetables.

—Increase inspections of domestic and foreign food facilities; the riskiest domestic facilities would be inspected every three years.

—Require farms and processors to keep records to help the government trace recalled foods.

The new law would not extend to meat, poultry or processed eggs. Those foods are regulated by the Agriculture Department and are subjected to more rigorous inspections and oversight than foods regulated by the FDA.