In 1997 the FDA approved the use of ozone as an antimicrobial agent with indirect contact with foods.
In 2002, the FDA approved ozone for use on food contact areas and directly on food with its "Generally Regarded as Safe" (GRAS) designation.
Today, the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA) identifies aqueous ozone (ozone dissolved in water) as a substance that is allowed for use in organic crop and livestock production.
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What is Ozone?
Generated from sunlight, ultraviolet rays and lightning, ozone is often referred to as "nature's disinfectant". In fact, many people notice that ozone has a distinctive sweet odor, similar to the smell after a summer rainstorm, this is because lightning is one way ozone is produced in nature.
Ozone has been proven to have a much higher disinfection potential compared to all other disinfectants available for use today.
It can effectively kill viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites, including those causing food spoilage or human diseases.
How is Ozone Different from Chemical Treatments?
Ozone destroys microorganisms instantly and effectively without leaving harmful residue in treated food or processing water. Therefore, ozone is safer and environmentally friendlier than most other antimicrobials. For example, ozone kills bacteria 3,125 times faster than chlorine.
Is Using Ozone Technology Safe?
Yes. Unlike other water treatment processes, oxidation is a natural, chemical-free process that produces zero wastewater and leaves behind oxygen molecules like the ones in the air we breathe.
Thousands of cities worldwide including London, Moscow, Paris, Singapore, Los Angeles,and Milwaukee, to name a few, have been using ozone water treatment systems for many years.
Most top water bottling companies also rely heavily on ozone technology to disinfect bottles and provide clean, safe water for consumers.
What is the Chemical Makeup of Ozone?
A molecule of "normal" oxygen is comprised of two atoms of oxygen bonded together (O2). Ozone (O3) is created by adding a third oxygen atom to the oxygen molecule. As the newly formed ozone molecule is used up, (either by attacking impurities or through normal degradation), it is changed back to normal oxygen, leaving no harmful by-products in your water.
Ozone has been proven to have a much higher disinfection potential compared to all other disinfectants available for use today. Ozone is completely natural and occurs in the environment every day.
Where Can Ozone Water Treatment be Used Most Effectively?
Ozone treatment can be used for a wide variety of applications. Commercial uses of ozone include purification of drinking water, sterilization of medical instruments and devices, decontamination of fresh produce, and food preservation. Ozone also is useful in removing odors, in air as well as in drinking water.
How is Using Ozone with a Carbon Filter System Effective?
Carbon filters can be used very effectively with ozone generators. Carbon filters remove large particles such as lead, copper and other sediments from turbid water. Ozone gas is injected into the filtered water, naturally killing bacteria to produce the purest form of water. This water can be used for many applications such as decontamination of produce, countertops and other surfaces, baby bottles, and of course, for drinking.
How are Ozone Treatment Systems Different From Other Methods?
Other methods of treating water include reverse osmosis, ultraviolet light, and regular filtration. For a few minutes, water treated with ozone has a down-stream disinfection quality; the water itself can be used to disinfect other things. Jerry cans, tanks, cutting boards, any thing it comes in contact with, even fresh meats and vegetables.