The Science Behind Food Safety and Proactive Protection

Jul 01, 2021

The importance of chemical research, development and quality assurance in microbial management


The Science Behind Food Safety and Proactive Protection

Leading sanitation and food safety inside food processing facilities is a complex, ever-changing job. Staffing and regulatory changes can be difficult to stay on top of for many plant managers, but it’s really the detailed science behind microbial management that is one of the most critical elements of success.

Microorganisms, including different strains of bacteria, fungi, and viruses are constantly changing, as well as different variables inside processing facilities that can impact the effectiveness or use of certain types of chemicals. Which is why it’s important to have the right scientific and chemical experts aligned with your program.

PSSI’s exclusive chemical provider, PSSI Chemical Innovations, has a dedicated Research and Development lab with a team of in-house microbiologists, chemists, food safety specialists, and quality assurance experts. The team has direct access to more than 325 different cleaning, sanitizing and specialty chemicals to develop a plan specific to your plant’s needs. The team also leads the research and development behind innovative new products that have helped advance food safety across a number of different areas.

“Sanitation is so much more than just dumping chlorine on a plant,” said Courtney Cullers, vice president for PSSI Chemical Innovations. “We think outside of the box developing innovative solutions that are more effective and environmentally friendly in reducing micro loads.”

The PSSI Chemical Innovations team works closely with PSSI Food Safety Solutions to conduct proactive testing across a variety of areas as part of building a sanitation strategy, including:

  • Material compatibility testing – Testing our chemistry on customer’s specific equipment material/surfaces to make sure it is compatible and will not cause damage.
  • Soil analysis – Analyzing food plant soil samples to identify composition of the soil and determine appropriate chemical regiment that will work best.
  • Water quality testing – Water quality plays a key role in the effectiveness of certain chemicals. The team tests the water quality inside a facility to determine the specific chemicals needed.
  • Regulatory education and training – Determining the appropriate chemical products that can be used in the facility. Assisting customers in navigating the complex compliance demands related to USDA, EPA, and FDA regulations.

As one of the only chemical providers across the industry to earn its Safe Quality Food (SQF) Certification three years in a row, PSSI Chemical Innovations is consistently recognized for its outstanding product safety and quality standards. This certification verifies the company’s ability to track and verify the safety of its products, allowing the team to work seamlessly with no additional audits or inspections.

“Our teams have enough work on their hands to execute sanitation plans consistently every day,” said Jake Watts, vice president of Food Safety for PSSI. “Knowing we can count on the chemical quality and safety is huge for driving consistent, positive results.”

When it comes to product innovation, the PSSI Chemical Innovations team also keeps a close pulse on specific sanitation needs evaluating data and researching new ways to advance food safety. Over the past two years, the team has introduced several new products, including Microbarrier Elite, PCI Pure Hard Surface Sanitizer, and Spiralclenz, that are making a significant impact on sanitation success.

Microbarrier Elite
Microbarrier Elite is a ready-to-use, spray-on antimicrobial coating technology designed for both food and non-food contact surfaces. The coating provides a safe and effective barrier against damaging microbes that can threaten the quality and safety of products.

PCI Pure Hard Surface Sanitizer
PURE is a hard surface sanitizer with bacteria claims including Salmonella enterica, Campylogbater jejuni and Listeria monocytogenes, as well as claims for human Coronavirus and SARS-CoV-2.

Spiralclenz is a new family of products designed specifically for membrane and filtration system cleaning across the dairy and beverage processing industries.

The bottom line is that your investment in sanitation is only as good as the products used and if they aren’t effectively killing and preventing dangerous microbes then you aren’t protecting your plant. So don’t risk it. Find the right experts with the right products to help build and execute a sanitation plan specific for your plant’s needs. To learn more about PSSI Chemical Innovations visit or download our whitepaper to learn about the benefits of a bundled approach.



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