KES Science & Technology Inc announced that Bland Distribution Services (BDS) of Donna TX is now using the NASA-developed AiroCide PPT food safety air sanitation technology. Airborne cross-contamination poses a potential threat to food safety. The chemical-free AiroCide system kills airborne mold, fungi, bacteria, and viruses and removes volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as ethylene gas, providing added protection to enhance quality assurance programs for perishable agricultural commodities.
BDS opened its 110,000-square-foot facility in November 2008 in the Rio Grande Valley community of Donna. It offers fully customizable cold storage, logistics, packaging, and warehousing services. The company is committed to providing superior service and food safety assurance by its participation in the Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) food safety program. SCS monitors and certifies BDS’s procedures and practices through third-party audits. BDS exceeds the basic food safety requirements of the FDA for excellence in food safety.
The AiroCide technology allows BDS to further enhance the safety of the fruit, vegetables, and berries it stores for customers. This technology is not a filtration system. The patented technology, integrated with Photocatalytic Oxidation (PCO), works in unison to destroy harmful airborne microbes and dismantle VOCs. Clinical studies show a 99% plus kill rate for microbials and removal of VOCs. The AiroCide technology is a FDA-listed Class II medical device that is also used in the medical health care industry. AiroCide is energy-efficient, as it was originally designed for the NASA space station program to successfully conduct astroculture experiments that required air free of mold spores and ethylene gas.