NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark.- Safe Foods Corporation has announced the appointment of Dr. Kelly Beers as Director of Laboratory Services. Beers will join the research and development team of this Arkansas-based company that owns the exclusive worldwide patent rights to a much-anticipated new antimicrobial food safety technology.
Beers, whose credentials include a Ph.D. in Physiology from the University of Arkansas, a Postdoctoral Fellowship from Marshall University School of Medicine, and a Senior Research Fellowship from Mayo Clinic, is currently the Director of the Biochemical/Nutritional Analytical Laboratory at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Beginning in mid-January, he will oversee the day-to-day operations of the food safety company’s new state-of-art biochemical/nutritional analytical laboratory.
Curtis Coleman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Safe Foods, said, “Dr. Beers is an extraordinary addition to our R & D team. In the last 4 years alone, he’s developed over 20 analytical protocols that have been utilized to analyze more than 10,000 samples in matrices such as meat, fat, bone, blood, serum, animal feed, soil, forages and water. He’s going to be invaluable in helping us keep our commitment to aggressively develop and market cutting-edge food safety technologies.”
About Safe Foods Corporation
Safe Foods Corporation specializes in the development and commercialization of food safety technologies for producers, processors and consumers. The company’s primary antimicrobial food safety technology is Cecure®, a patented product that kills foodborne pathogens such as Salmonella, E. coli, and Listeria on meat, poultry, eggs, fish, fruits and vegetables, as well as on food preparation surfaces.
In 1994, researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) were granted the first of multiple patents on their discovery that a compound commonly used in mouth rinses and throat lozenges was also highly effective against foodborne pathogens. In June 1999, Safe Foods acquired the exclusive worldwide rights to the patents from UAMS and has since added multiple patent applications for food safety and related technologies. Safe Foods is anticipating FDA approval of Cecure in the second quarter of 2002.
The company also recently introduced FreshLight(tm), an advanced ultraviolet light disinfection technology used for killing pathogens in liquids used in food processing. FreshLight(tm) is already being acquired and used by the food processing industry.