( Feeding America )

More than 80 Feeding America food banks have put in place the AiroCide Air Sanitation solution in their cold storage facilities.

The Greater Chicago Food Depository was the latest to use the technology, according to a news release.

The AiroCide system controls ethylene gas and prevents airborne pathogenic cross-contamination by continuously processing contaminated air through a patented bio-conversion reactor, according to the release.

All organic material (bacteria, mold, viruses, odors and volatile organic compounds such as ethylene gas), are mineralized, which leaves the exit air more than 99% contaminant-free, the company said.

Food bank officials said the technology has made a difference.

Michael Miller, president and CEO of River Bend Foodbank, said in the release that the technology has a noticeable effect on tomatoes. 

“If we were to hold tomatoes as long as two weeks, they would liquefy,” Miller said in the release. “We just distributed a truckload of tomatoes, and with combination of storage at the proper temperature along with Airocide units, the tomatoes we distributed at the end of two weeks’ time looked as good as those we distributed immediately upon receipt.”

“Our produce lasts longer since AiroCide has been installed,” Manual Howard, operations manager at God’s Pantry Food Bank, Lexington, Ken., said in the release.

AiroCide is manufactured by KES Science & Technology in Kennesaw, Ga. 

“Since 2012, we have had the distinct privilege of partnering with Feeding America and supplying many of their food bank facilities with our air sanitation system,” John Hayman III, president and CEO, said in the release. “When you consider 46 million people turn to the Feeding America network each year for help, we are humbled to help in this fight to end hunger.”