BioSafe Systems Rewards & Solidifies Sales Team

BioSafe Systems announced the promotions of Jeff Kline from market Segment Manager to Vice President of Sales for Agriculture and Professional Products, and Eric Smith to East Coast Sales Manager for Turf & Ornamental Markets.

“Jeff has been a valuable part of our business over the past 10 years,” says Rob Larose, CEO and president of BioSafe Systems. “We are expecting him to help BioSafe Systems continue to grow in the next 10 years.”

In this new role, Kline will be responsible for strategic planning and marketing.
“I am excited to work with our team and partners to continue providing high-quality products that protect our customer’s brand,” Kline says. “I am honored to be a part of this great company and look forward to many more years of positive impact within our core markets.”
Kline has been working with the company since early 2007.

Eric Smith has successfully grown his territory, gained product knowledge and built strong relationships with BioSafe’s distribution networks. Smith will work with the team to promote and support sustainable solutions in turf and greenhouse/nursery industries.
“Eric has been an integral part of our growth,” Kline says. “I look forward to him leading the East Coast T&O team to new heights.”

BioSafe Systems also announced two sales representatives. Maxwell Gilley joined BioSafe in January as Technical Sales Representative for T&O in California. Gilley has a B.S. degree in Plant Sciences with an emphasis in Turf Management, then went on to receive a M.S. degree in Plant Pathology. Prior to joining BioSafe Systems, Gilley worked for as a product development scientist and technical specialist for ornamentals.

BioSafe also welcomed James Atkins as Mid-Atlantic States Technical Sales Representative in January. Atkins received his Associates degree in Agronomy, and then went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Horticulture. Prior to BioSafe Systems, James worked as a Plant Broker and Trial Manager.

They can be reached at

Jeff Kline: 413-209-1809
Eric Smith: 561-955-0315
Max Gilley: 408-279-9467
James Atkins: 864-360-9855

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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

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BioSafe Systems Hires Production Manager

EAST HARTFORD, CT – BioSafe Systems recently hired Hilario Coelho of Indian Orchard, Massachusetts as the new Production Manager. With over 34 years of experience, Hilario was recently a Plant Manager in North Dakota, where he worked with his team to create a safer work environment.

He has traveled many places, stating “I have been fortunate enough to have lived in Nashville, Tennessee and Ventura County, California.” He was born in Portugal and moved to the United States when he was 3 years old.

Some of his responsibilities include overseeing customer order fulfillment processes and production planning. He will maintain relationships with manufacturing partners, while negotiating purchase commitments with suppliers. His experience will aid him in understanding product cost and gross profit margins.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to be a part of the BioSafe Systems team,” says Hilario. He is looking forward to visiting the five manufacturing facilities BioSafe has located across the United States, to really immerse himself in his new role.

BioSafe Systems Promotes Eric Smith to Sales Manager

East Hartford, CT – BioSafe Systems is pleased to announce the promotion of Eric Smith to East Coast Sales Manager for Turf & Ornamental markets.

In the past two and a half years at BioSafe, Eric has successfully grown his territory, gained product knowledge and built strong relationships with our distribution networks. Eric will work with the team to promote and support sustainable solutions in turf and greenhouse/ nursery industries.

“Eric has been an integral part of our growth,” says Jeff Kline, Vice President of Sales. “I look forward to him leading the East Coast T&O team to new heights.” BioSafe is looking forward to working with him at his new capacity.

 

Eric Smith can be reached at 561.955.0315 or esmith@biosafesystems.com.

Manage the Risk, Make Your Spray Bar SMART with BioSafe Systems

EAST HARTFORD, CT— BioSafe Systems® announces a new technology to monitor peroxyacetic acid (PAA) concentrations used in water for spray bar applications. Recently, we’ve started doing this by making our spray bars “smart.” The Smart Spray Bar utilizes a specialized probe that monitors the spray water for PAA concentrations and downloads the information into a data recorder.

This system is ideal to use with our SaniDate® line of products. It measures the amount of SaniDate being applied in parts per million (ppm), as well as the volume of water flowing through the spray bar. This allows for a high degree of compliance with food safety requirements under the Food Safety Modernization Act.

The Smart Spray Bar System can be configured with chemical proportioners or coupled with chemical metering pumps controlled by a PLC to maintain a set amount of PAA under high, organic loading conditions. This system can be handled wirelessly through cloud-based reporting. The integrated PLC can record a variety of parameters including: PAA ppm, time and date stamping, pH values, flow rates and more.


Benefits: 

  • PLC control cabinet
  • PAA probe and assembly
  • Metering and proportioning dosing system
  • Real-time data recorder

 

Protect your yield in real time with BioSafe Systems.

For more information, please contact a technical representative at 888.273.3088.

Jeff Kline, of BioSafe Systems, Announced as Vice President of Sales

Jeff Kline headshot

EAST HARTFORD CT – BioSafe Systems is proud to announce the promotion of Jeff Kline from Market Segment Manager to Vice President of Sales for Agriculture and Professional Products. Jeff has been working with the company since early 2007.

“Jeff has been a valuable part of our business over the past ten years,” Rob Larose, CEO and President of BioSafe Systems says. “We are expecting him to help BioSafe Systems continue to grow in the next ten years.”

In this new role, he will be responsible for strategic planning and marketing. Jeff is excited to support BioSafe Systems with their mission of sustainable solutions across several markets. He has already been an integral part of ZeroTol® 2.0 broad-spectrum bactericide/fungicide’s success in the Horticulture industry.

“I am excited to work with our team and partners to continue providing high-quality products that protect our customer’s brand,” Jeff states. “I am honored to be a part of this great company and look forward to many more years of positive impact within our core markets.”

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.

The Chicken Story: How BioSafe Systems was Hatched

By: Rob Larose, CEO & President of BioSafe Systems

During every new BioSafe Systems’ team member’s initial week of training, they listen to me ramble on about the chicken story. It is an essential element of how we got started.

It may seem odd that a company that got its start within the professional horticulture business has a story about chickens, but that is exactly how it all began. BioSafe Systems is a family business that got its start through a partnership between father and son. My father, Rene Larose, spent 35 five years in the poultry business working for a company called Arbor Acres. Arbor Acres specialized in producing the breeding stock (baby chickens) that would be sold to major chicken producers such as Purdue Farms, Tyson Foods and others.

Arbor Acres genetically bred their baby chickens to be suited for the various environments they would be sold into. Arbor Acres was also a family business started by two brothers and eventually grew into a company that did business worldwide, producing baby chickens that were disease indexed and guaranteed to be free of viruses, bacterial and fungal infections.

My father’s role as a microbiologist was to maintain the health of the “stock” chickens that produced the fertilized eggs from which the chicks were hatched, and the health of the fertilized eggs and hatched chicks until they were transported to the chicken farm that purchased them. Arbor Acres had operations all over North America comprised of containment farms that housed the stock birds and hatching operations.

It is very much like the propagation and breeder business model within the agricultural industry. Instead of propagating plants, they were propagating baby chickens. However, unlike plants which are propagated with a “built-in disease resistance factor”, chickens are biological in nature. Their disease resistance capabilities do not fully become functional until the second week of hatching, so they were very susceptible to various viral, bacterial and fungal diseases. Standard operating procedures in the poultry industry are to use a variety of pharmaceutical interventions and inoculations to boost their defense resistance. However, the first two weeks were always very tricky to maintain the health of the flock due to environmental and pathogen challenges. Young Plants – Young Chickens.

One of the company’s tricks was to fumigate the chicken hatcheries between hatching cycles with formaldehyde gas to sanitize the facility. Ultimately, they found a way they could fumigate on a consistent basis while the chickens were hatching. It was a known factor that without this essential sanitation step, they would have a mortality rate in excess of 25%. A method was developed and provided a form of “chemotherapy” to the newly hatched birds. This method consisted of a constant, low dose of sanitation using formaldehyde with concentrations high enough to kill the pathogens but not enough to kill the baby birds.

This system worked well until the State of California intervened at the Arbor Acres facility outside of Fresno. They were given a cease and desist order from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation, due to the residual formaldehyde within the hatchery (formaldehyde was a suspected carcinogen.) This development forced my fathers’ company to find an effective alternative.

The solution that my father found was a form of activated hydrogen peroxide called Peroxyacetic Acid. It was determined that this formulated peroxygen works every bit as well as formaldehyde but did not present the health and safety concerns. Chlorine was out of the question because of its toxicity, so the activated peroxygen looked promising.

Where the application of formaldehyde was easy because it was a gas, the peroxyacetic acid application had to be done via microaerolized spray. Almost immediately, my father’s solution outperformed the formaldehyde applications and the company was back up and running. The peroxyacetic fog provided better disease control, but more importantly, the baby chicks reacted better.   They took on feed and water 50% faster than they did with the formaldehyde treatments.

So, how did we make the leap from chicken to plants you ask? Well, when my father saw how well the peroxyacetic acid worked in replacing formaldehyde, he began talking with my uncle who owned a retail greenhouse. Both my father and uncle graduated from University of Connecticut with Microbiology degrees. My father went into the poultry business and my uncle went into health care. He started one of the country’s first blood testing labs and then retired to his passion, which was horticulture.

My father and my uncle started experimenting with the peroxyacetic acid formulation to see if they could clean up algae around the greenhouse and found that with some modifications, they could also spray it on the plants to kill off some of the powdery mildew and botrytis problems my uncle was having on his poinsettia and geranium crops.

Ten years after graduation, I found myself working in the environmental field cleaning up Superfund sites around the country. My epiphany moment came after completing a 40-hour safety training on the dangers of Temik insecticide and realizing my uncle regularly applied Temik in the greenhouse without any PPE (personal protection equipment.)

My uncle had never met a pesticide that he didn’t like, and ultimately was diagnosed with colon cancer and died after a five-year battle with that deadly disease. In many ways, his death prompted me to think that there had to be a better way to put the “green” back in the green industry. Remembering my uncle spraying the Temik, I decided to take some soil samples from the greenhouse and have them analyzed for contaminants.

What came back was a long list of heavy metals such as mercury and arsenics, as well as organophosphate pesticides that were way above the limits of any superfund site that I had been working on. The greenhouse had been there since the 1940’s and every pesticide ever sprayed had somehow made its way into the soil.

One thing that most people don’t know about the green industry is that when you spray a pesticide, the overspray will find its way to the ground. Even though the person applying is protected by a respirator and chemical suit, the pesticide that is being sprayed becomes part of the environment and attaches itself to soil particles that later dry out and become dust. These dust particles then float back up into the air where they may be ingested or inhaled by people who later enter the greenhouse to work.

The scary thing is that the US EPA only requires pesticide manufacturers to submit information on the individual compounds used in a formula to review them for safety. No one could ever do safety testing on the infinite combinations that are possible when these compounds are combined as a result of residual accumulation.

When I realized that I had eaten countless pizzas and sandwiches in that same greenhouse, it got me thinking about how much I ingested. There had to be a “cleaner” way to provide pest control within the growing environment. At the time, there were no terms to explain the ideas I was proposing. Today, our products are considered “green”, “sustainable” and “organic” by the industry.

Our approach is to provide products that do not leave behind any toxic residual or legacy. We leave no footprint behind.

So, it started with the chicken which evolved into a fertilized egg that helped hatch a new business enterprise aimed at providing sustainable solutions for a variety of industries– including the greenhouse industry that began the 20 year legacy of BioSafe Systems.

Ten Ways Your Garden Center Can Be Greener

  1. Recycle/Reuse plastic containers: Typically, plastic does not lose its strength so reuse pots and trays when possible. Simply wash and sanitize in a solution that is not chlorine based. Provide recycling for plastic containers to your customers and encourage them by offering discounts on purchases.
  2. Sell compostable pots. There is a growing number of suppliers and you may be able to gain a premium if you market them correctly.
  3. Use organic, certified pest control products when possible. They are becoming more effective and don’t impact your environment, employees or customers.
  4. Recycle or capture irrigation water whenever possible. Create a pond on-site to use as supplemental irrigation water while adding an appealing design element to your garden center.
  5. Offer your customers alternatives to synthetic fertilizers. This is a large factor in being sustainable. Look for nutrition products that are derived from plant material like seed oil extracts.
  6. Offer a wide variety of vegetable plants and herbs, so that your customers can grow their own food.
  7. Let your customers see your compost pile and teach them how to make their own. Sell them the additives to make their own potting soil such as biological inoculants and slow release oxygen granules.
  8. Provide your customers with information brochures as to how to grow with sustainable products. Ask your vendors to provide educational materials.
  9. Reduce and remove as much plastic packaging as possible. Offer paper, reusable bags or containers to bring purchases home.
  10. Have fun with your customers. It’s all about the experience. Embrace it and grow sustainability like we grow our plants.

Calcis® Application with SOLitude Lake Management Shows Excellent Results

 

Calcis Application in Lake and Pond

East Hartford, CT – SOLitude Lake Management recently tested the water quality at a site in North Carolina. The body of water revealed to be less than ideal conditions. With that in mind, SOLitude teamed up with BioSafe Systems for a lime application which would help increase alkalinity, hardness and buffer the pH in water systems. The ideal result would be the body of water would turn into a healthier, aquatic ecosystem.

BioSafe Systems’ Calcis® Liquid Calcium Carbonate, an alternative to aggregate the lime, minimized labor costs and expedited the application. The smaller volume of the material, less labor and equipment helped the lake management team complete the application in one day.

The Calcis was dispensed into the water via direct injection with a prop wash, used to help agitate the treatment area and provide better coverage. The results lined up with both the client and lake management teams’ expectations – Calcis improved the water quality and restored balance.

Click on the video below to watch the application and learn how Calcis Liquid Calcium Carbonate helped SOLitude Lake Management and their customer’s needs

Calcis

Calcis is a liquid lime supplement for use in lakes and ponds. Poor water quality conditions contribute to many issues including, but not limited to, an unbalanced pond food-chain, issues with pH, and low fish production. Calcis is designed to make liming any pond quick and easy. Click here to learn more.