Animal Activists

By: Rob Larose, CEO & President of BioSafe Systems

I turned 60 years old in 2018 and for my entire adult life, I have been a meat eater. I have never given the slightest thought as to being anything other than a carnivore.

My father, from the time I was born, was trained as a microbiologist and worked in the poultry industry. I worked mostly in the environmental construction field but had a variety of jobs throughout the years. I fixed, repaired and constructed water and waste water plants and systems. I have also worked in the environmental remediation industry, cleaning up hazardous waste in both industrial and government sectors.

When I turned 40, I started a company with my father developing, manufacturing and marketing green, sustainable alternatives to toxic pesticides used in a variety of industries like agriculture, commercial horticulture and in-water treatment applications. Five years ago, our company decided to enter the meat and poultry market, providing sustainable solutions for both poultry processors as well as on-the-farm applications. Even then, I was still a happy carnivore.

Recently, I became aware of an extreme group of animal rights activists that were attacking our customers; right here in North America. Most animal rights activists work on creating better living conditions for farm raised animals, but some have become animal rights terrorists, misinformed about the marketplace and conducting criminal acts against farmers and processors.

There are bad apples in any industry and for sure, there have been some well documented acts of animal cruelty, not just part of the animal farming industry, but in general society. I assume there are many more cases of animal cruelty documented in general society than the animal farming community.

In my experience working in the animal farming community, 99 percent of farmers and their employees take exceedingly good care of their farm-raised animals. The reason is simple: when farms exist, without the animals in good health, they cannot be harvested for the optimal dollar amount. A sick or hurt dairy cow will not produce milk and a stressed angus cow and/or pig will not put on weight that produces the highest possible return on the farmers’ investment.

Some activists wish to stop animal farming all together and have not just somebut all of society become vegetariansWhat would happen if overnight, all commercial animal farming was outlawed?

If the world depended on a vegetarian diet, the animals they are trying to save would starve. These animals have evolved over thousands of years by domestication and if production shut down, there would be no farmers to feed them. These farmers would have to raise high producing protein crops of beans to replace the cattle, pigs and chickens. A mass starvation of these domesticated animals would rival the extinction of the dinosaurs.

I dismiss this false narrative but do believe there is still a way to improve animal welfare and better raise the animals that help us coexist on this wonderful planet God has provided for us.

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Keeping Quality Up

Using peroxyacetic acid for increasing quality and decreasing loss

In the December 2018 issue of Potato Grower, Michael Larose, Technical Marketing Manager at BioSafe Systems, had an article published titled “Keep Quality Up.” He discusses how peroxyacetic acid (PAA) can increase the quality of products, decrease the loss and then goes into detail about common issues in potato storages.

BioSafe Systems’ PAA products are effective against a broad range of profit-robbing, storage pathogens but meet sustainability requirements. Michael states, “Peroxyacetic acid is still considered a newer technology in the agrochemical industry, but it’s a powerful chemistry that helps potato producers and shed managers address the critical practices.”

BioSafe provides products and applications expertise via application partners to help manage storage pathogens from post-harvest to pre-bagging. Our products are designed for today’s requirements of storage, providing the highest degree of sanitation and control over potato storage. This results in enhanced storage quality and increased pack-out, which in turn maximizes profits.

Read the full published article here

Food Safety: The BioSafe Way

 

Food scientists using the microscope for research at the university

By: Rob Larose, CEO & President of BioSafe Systems

“The best defense is a good offense“ goes the old adage. This strategy has been used in war, business, and in sporting competitions.

A modern social movement such as the “Green movement” started in the early 1800s and it celebrated the “natural world”. The forests were demolished when the Industrial Revolution began, and timber and coal were important for energy. Managing natural resources became important when humans realized they were destroying the irreplaceable wilderness. In the 20th century, nuclear fallouts and air pollution caused many industries to be alarmed.

It is time now to employ this same strategy in agricultural food safety and harvest practices today. With modern society movements from localized agriculture to modern day farming operations, we must assume that we’ll always be under potential risk by human pathogens which may infect our food chain.

A human pathogen can cause illness in humans and is comprised of microorganisms which exist in nature, including specific strains of bacteria like Salmonella, Listeria and E. coli, and viruses such as Cryptosporidium. These microorganisms can be introduced through a wide variety of methods such as insects, birds, and animal feces.

Recently, the produce industry was introduced to something that was unprecedented. Just before the 2018 Thanksgiving Holiday, the USDS/FDA stated that Federal health officials were warning about a new outbreak of E. coli linked to romaine lettuce and cautioned people to not eat any of the possibly infected produce. ALL Romaine lettuce was not to be eaten or sold regardless of its place of origin. This was not a recall but a flat-out statement not to eat romaine lettuce, regardless of where you thought it was grown.

This one event created a monumental effect, not only for people who grow and sell romaine lettuce, but also all leafy green vegetables and produce considered “ready-to-eat.”
A great deal of effort has been spent on creating systems that provide traceability to where produce is grown so that when there is an event triggering a recall, the damage can be limited to a specific geography. However, with the recent romaine shutdown by not only the USDA but also by the Canadian Federal government, it was a whole new ball game.

BioSafe Systems is in the business of providing effective and sustainable food safety and intervention solutions for the agriculture and produce industry. BioSafe develops these products that have proper labels for agriculture, have sound science backing their label claims and are easy to use with minimal restrictions.

We operate under the assumption that until mankind can develop technology able to identify human pathogens in real time like the scanner that Doctor McCoy used in Star Trek, then one must assume that ALL crops are potentially contaminated.

BioSafe’s products are based on the use of peroxyacetic acid technology that has been well studied and is an effective alternative to chlorinated products. These products have been approved for use for organically certified farming operations, FDA, and Kosher food processing applications. Applications include the following:

  • Agricultural irrigation treatment products
  • Agricultural pond treatment products
  • Pre-Harvest crop protection
  • Post-Harvest intervention products

BioSafe Systems also provides applications, dosing and monitoring systems that may be used along with our products to provide and maintain compliance with all FSMA and third-party Food Safety certifications. These include:

  • Smart Spray Bay Systems – These systems may be used in field harvesting and in post-harvest processing applications to apply, record, monitor, and provide reports on treatment interventions. These systems may be mounted on mechanical harvesters to bring highly engineered and effective food safety treatments into the field.
  • BioBuster Systems are designed for all multi-line packing and processing operations that require a high degree of chemical utilization, monitoring, and reporting. The proprietary cloud-based reporting system provides real-time reporting and compliance features.
  • OxyFusion: a proprietary technology that provides and produces peroxyacetic acid on-site and on-demand in varying pH ranges. This provides a unique solution for food processing applications with reduced corrosivity and low-odor.

There is no silver bullet approach to food safety, and it requires a full and ongoing effort that is always offensive and never defensive.

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BioSafe Systems Hires Director of Food Safety

East Hartford, CT – BioSafe Systems recently hired Kevin Watson, of Yuma, AZ, as Director of Food Safety for our agriculture market segment. With decades of experience in post-harvest/food safety, Kevin will be assisting growers and processors with sanitation issues and food safety plans from field to fork.

Kevin has 30 years’ experience in agriculture, is a certified ISO 9000 Lead Auditor, FMS, PSA certified and an active member of the LGMA technical sub-committee and the Yuma Safe Produce Council. Prior to BioSafe, Kevin worked as the Raw Product Food Safety Manager for Fresh Express for 13 years. In that role, he managed a nationwide food safety team, as well as food safety operations in Mexico. During his time at Fresh Express, Kevin organized and carried out food safety symposiums, as well as training events with industry influencers, FDA and food safety professionals.

Kevin also has experience working for the USDA, both at the state and federal level. In this position, Kevin managed the first food safety pilot project in Sinaloa, Mexico and helped develop the first USDA food safety audit metric. Kevin says, “In my previous roles, I have been able to meet shippers, producers, governors and the president of Mexico to address issues related to food safety. In my new venture with BioSafe Systems, I feel I will be able to help resolve sanitation issues and make a difference in all food production.”

Outside of his professional food safety experience, Kevin has worked in field agriculture. BioSafe Systems’ California Area Manager, Jay Sughroue Ph.D., is excited to have Kevin join the team due to his “unique experience with on-the-farm, packing house and processing experience. His skill sets fit in well with our field-to-fork structure at BioSafe. Kevin will be able to add valuable input regarding food safety to growers and processors in all stages of the production process.”

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BioSafe Adds Business Development Manager for Field Crops

Kurt Schwartau

East Hartford, CT—BioSafe Systems would like to announce a recent addition to its agriculture team, Kurt Schwartau. Kurt joins BioSafe as the North American Business Development Manager for Field Crops with a focus on the Rockies and Plains regions. A native of Minnesota, Kurt is based in Evergreen, CO, where he lives with his wife, Lynne.

A graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Kurt has extensive business experience in many segments and functions of crop protection and pest control, both in the United States and globally. His focus has been on developing markets and customers channels for novel, EPA-registered, microbial insect and disease control brands. He was most recently Head of Marketing and Sales at Phyllom BioProducts. He also previously worked at SipcamAdvan, AgraQuest (Bayer Biologics) and ISK Biosciences.

When not working or spending time with his wife and children, Kurt serves his community on the Timber Estates Metropolitan Tax District Board. In his free time, he enjoys skiing, mountain biking and watching college football. About becoming a member of the BioSafe team, Kurt says, “Joining a customer-focused, passionate and entrepreneurial organization like BioSafe Systems was an easy choice.” His customer, business, and biological-product experience make him an excellent addition to our agricultural market segment.

If you would like to contact Kurt, please call 970-396-8825 or email kschwartau@biosafesystems.com.

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SaniDate®5.0 Canada Gets Updates to Label

EAST HARTFORD, CT – BioSafe Systems’ SaniDate®5.0 Canada has expanded its label to include new pathogen control claims, several new applications, and mold and mildew control. The 5% PAA product is now labeled as a viricidal against Human Influenza Virus (H1N1), Canine Distemper Virus, and Avian Influenza Virus (H9N2), as well as being a disinfectant against Salmonella, Listeria, Pseudomonas, and numerous other bacteria and fungi.

Among the new approved applications are:

  • Sanitizing casing or shell egg wash
  • Use in disinfecting foot baths, mats, and trays
  • Mold and mildew control on hard, non-porous surfaces
  • Foaming disinfection/cleaning

SaniDate®5.0 Canada previously had approved labeling for disinfection of food-contact surfaces, sanitizing conveyers for meat, poultry, and seafood, along with disinfection of poultry hatcheries and poultry holding areas (trucks, coops, crates, barns, kennels, and hutches).

For more information on SaniDate®5.0 Canada please contact us toll-free at 888-273-3088 or visit www.biosafesystems.com and www.biosafesystems.ca.

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BioSafe Systems AG Division Expands Post-Harvest Support in the Western US

EAST HARTFORD, CT – BioSafe Systems is excited to announce the newest member of our team, Bill Flynn. Bill, whose home base is in Arizona, has a technical focus on post-harvest solutions and food safety. A lifelong resident of the desert southwest, Bill and his wife, Kristin, raised their four children just minutes from the agricultural fields of Ventura County, CA. A food safety manager by trade, Bill studied biology and chemistry at the University of New Mexico.

Bill has developed a unique food safety skill set ranging from the public health sector where he worked as Environmental Health Manager of the fifth-largest county in the US, to private companies where he managed food safety programs at major retailers, while directing global food safety initiatives for Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL).

Says Bill, “Food safety cannot be ignored. These days the conversations need to be had from ‘seed to feed’. My goal with BioSafe Systems is to bring value to current and future clients through thought-leadership and by demonstrating that food safety programs don’t have to be complicated, frustrating or overly complex. My plan is to show growers and processors the positive ROI from doing the right thing systematically in a sustainable fashion.”

When not working or spending time with his wife and family, Bill enjoys restoring old cars and boondoggling in his classic Volkswagen camper-van.

For more information please contact BioSafe Systems toll-free at 888-273-3088 or visit www.biosafesystems.com

 

 

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BioSafe Systems’ SaniDate®FD Canada Receives Updated Approvals

EAST HARTFORD, CT – Health Canada has issued a Letter of No Objection (LONO) for the use of SaniDate®FD as an antimicrobial agent in the processing of fruits and vegetables, as well as for use in fish and seafood processing in federally registered facilities. This product was previously granted approval for use in meat and poultry processing in May 2016.

SaniDate®FD is a peroxyacetic acid microbiocide developed for use in federally inspected processing facilities as an antimicrobial agent to control microorganisms in process water and ice used in the production and preparation of meat, poultry, processed and preformed meat, fish, seafood, and fruits and vegetables. When used according to label directions, SaniDate®FD complies with conditions of use approved by Health Canada for this product.

For more information on SaniDate®FD please contact us toll-free at 888-273-3088 or visit www.biosafesystems.com and www.biosafesystems.ca

BioSafe Systems AG Division Expands Southwest Regional Support

BioSafe Systems is proud to announce the newest addition to our Agronomy Team, Mrs. Raina King. Raina will provide regional product and technical support from her strategic location of McAllen, TX, in the Rio Grande Valley. Raina’s unique strengths in field agronomy, coordinating and prioritizing research and trial grants for Texas vegetable and citrus producers, and recently educating citrus producers on new FSMA and produce safety guidelines, provides Raina with broad skillset that allows her to offer growers and dealers un-paralleled support throughout BioSafe’s Field-to-Packing Program.

Raina King’s Masters in Crop Science Agronomy and focus in Biochemistry, coupled with her diverse career in the local Southwest Agriculture industry, sets an ideal example of the professional expertise and diverse educational support BioSafe’s Regional Technical Agronomists strive to provide to our valued growers and dealers.  BioSafe’s Agronomy Segment Manager, Michael Larose, provided unique insight into Raina’s role on the AG Technical Team stating, “Starting with my first conversation with Raina it was clear her technical expertise, her diverse career in the specialty agriculture market, and most notedly the contagious enthusiasm she shows towards helping producers solve on-farm challenges made her an ideal team member for the Agriculture segment.”

Raina’s prior role as Grant Director and Administrator for Texas Citrus Mutual, allowed her to immerse herself in direct grower relations and communication with a focus on critical research funding, FSMA regulations and local emergency labeling needs. With her passion for maintaining close connections with the grower community and Southwest produce industry make her the ideal addition to BioSafe’s Agronomy Team. When asked about her prior careers and how those experiences will help her excel as the Regional Technical Agronomist for the Southwest Region, Raina provided an excellent and concise answer, “At Texas Citrus Mutual I was able to sit down with producers and listen to issues that they’ve had. BioSafe Systems’ has provided me the opportunity where not only can I still listen to my producer’s challenges, but now provide effective and proven solutions.”  She is looking forward to “being in the field with the Crop Advisors and producers, getting [her] hands dirty, and helping address the increasing challenges through effective and economical solutions.” Her biggest draw to her new career path was “BioSafe’s family-owned company culture and its high reputation in the Agrichemical market.”  Raina adds, “Plus, I take immense pride knowing I’m valued Team Member in a private company that stands firm on its commitment to manufacturing its products in the United States; I know the growers and industry in my area value that core principal.”

About BioSafe Systems, LLC
Simply Sustainable. Always Effective.
BioSafe Systems, LLC has been a manufacturer and marketer of sustainable crop protection, water treatment and food safety solutions since 1998. BioSafe Systems also provides unique, sustainable and environmentally responsible chemistries into the agricultural, horticultural, sanitation and retail segments. BioSafe Systems is a family-owned company based in East Hartford, CT whose products are proudly manufactured in the United States of America.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please call Alyssa Davis at 888.273.3088 ext. 246, or email adavis@biosafesystems.com.

BioSafe Systems and Plant Products announce exclusive partnership in Canada

EAST HARTFORD, CT – BioSafe Systems and Plant Products are excited to announce that, as an exclusive partner, Plant Products will act as the manufacturer’s exclusive distributor in key Canadian provinces including:  Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, and Prince Edward Island.

Plant Products has been a premier full-service supplier of fertilizer, pest control products, seeds and other consumable goods to the greenhouse, turf, nursery and specialty horticulture industries in Canada and the USA for more than 75 years. It maintains locations in Laval, QC, Ancaster, ON, Detroit, MI and head office in Leamington, ON. Plant Products brings many strengths to this new partnership including: technical sales, new product development, regulatory, marketing, and logistics.

Jeff Kline – Professional Products Segment Manager for BioSafe Systems says “Combining our efforts for a more unified approach in Canada benefits both parties exponentially. I am excited to continue delivering sustainable, quality solutions to all of Canada and continue in shared success with everyone at Plant Products.”

Kelly Devaere – Product and Marketing Manager for Plant Products adds “We are happy to partner with BioSafe Systems in Canada to expand their existing portfolio as well as launch new and innovative products in all our key markets in the coming years.”

For more information and details on this partnership and where to purchase BioSafe Systems products in Canada, contact Plant Products at 519-326-9037 / info@plantproducts.com or BioSafe Systems at 888-273-3088 / info@biosafesystems.com.