SAN DIEGO, CA — SureBeam Corporation (NASDAQ: SURE) — innovator of the electron beam technology that safely destroys dangerous bacteria in food — today announced that it has been awarded three new U.S. patents that enhance product handling and processing, advance shielding design, and simplify construction for various SureBeam(R) systems.
“As illustrated by these new patents, SureBeam continues to lead the nation in technological advances,” says Larry A. Oberkfell, SureBeam’s President and CEO. “These innovative system designs complement and enlarge SureBeam’s existing intellectual properties, while improving
in-line agility, product handling, and reducing cost.”
Similar to a microwave oven, the SureBeam(R) system uses ordinary electricity as its energy source to pasteurize food after it has been processed and packaged. The patented SureBeam(R) technology eliminates in seconds the threat of harmful food-borne bacteria such as E. coli
O157:H7, Listeria, Campylobacter and Salmonella without compromising texture, taste, or nutritional value. SureBeam is the only company currently processing food for the nationwide retail market that uses both electron beam and x-ray technology.
Currently, the FDA and USDA have approved SureBeam’s(R) electronic irradiation technology for use on raw meats, fruits and vegetables. In addition to raw meats, vegetables, and fruits, SureBeam has expanded its agreements with many of the nation’s major ready-to-eat food companies in anticipation of the FDA and USDA’s approval of the use of SureBeam’s technology on precooked, ready-to-eat foods. According to the CDC, every year 76 million Americans get sick and over 5,000 people — usually children and the elderly — die from food-borne diseases.
E. coli and salmonella, for example, are found in raw foods, such as hamburger, while listeria is found in precooked, ready-to-eat foods, such as hot dogs, deli meats, and soft cheese. Supported by our nation’s most prominent health and medical organizations, SureBeam(R) technology is specifically designed to help stop the spread of food-borne diseases. SureBeam(R) processed products are sold across the nation in thousands of supermarkets, as well as by home delivery, direct mail, and through food service.
SureBeam Corporation was created, built, and launched by The Titan Corporation (NYSE: TTN) in an initial public offering on March 16.
Headquartered in San Diego, California, SureBeam is a leading provider of electronic pasteurization systems and services for the food industry. SureBeam’s technology significantly improves food safety, prolongs shelf life, and provides disinfestation that helps to protect the environment. The SureBeam(R) patented electronic pasteurization system is based on proven electron beam and x-ray technology that destroys harmful food-borne bacteria. This technology can also eliminate the need for toxic chemical fumigants used in pest control that may be harmful to the earth’s ozone layer.