The Greater Cleveland Food Bank is using the AiroCide food safety preventive controls air sanitation system at its food distribution center.
The Cleveland food relief organization is one of more than 40 Feeding America facilities using the technology by Atlanta-based KES Science & Technology Inc.
The AiroCide system destroys airborne mold, food allergens, bacteria and volatile organic compounds including ethylene gas, improving shelf life and reducing food waste, according to a news release.
The system has shown results with tomatoes, Michael Miller, the food bank’s vice president of operations, said in the release.
The organizaton stores tomatoes in a non-refrigerated area, and now they store without decay for up to two weeks..
“We’re already noticing a difference,” Miller said in the release. “You can’t hear them, and you can’t see your units doing anything, but this kind of result with the tomatoes was extraordinary.”
Serving nearly 39 million meals in 2013, the food bank is northeast Ohio’s largest hunger relief organization.
It serves more than 700 agencies including food pantries, shelters, programs for the elderly and other nonprofit agencies, according to the release.